Wonderland

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While Boyzone's reunion and Jedward's extended 15 minutes of fame continue to prove that Ireland remains the hotbed of boy band talent, the Emerald Isle hasn't produced a successful girl group since B*Witched in the late '90s. Hoping to rectify this situation is Westlife vocalist Kian Egan and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh's side project, Wonderland, the latest five-piece to attempt to capitalize on Girls Aloud's self-imposed hiatus and Sugababes' continuous implosion. Unlike the shiny dance-pop of their fellow heir-to-the-girl-band-throne hopefuls the Saturdays and Parade, the Dublin-based outfit have opted for a more sophisticated approach on their self-titled debut, with a ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
While Boyzone's reunion and Jedward's extended 15 minutes of fame continue to prove that Ireland remains the hotbed of boy band talent, the Emerald Isle hasn't produced a successful girl group since B*Witched in the late '90s. Hoping to rectify this situation is Westlife vocalist Kian Egan and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh's side project, Wonderland, the latest five-piece to attempt to capitalize on Girls Aloud's self-imposed hiatus and Sugababes' continuous implosion. Unlike the shiny dance-pop of their fellow heir-to-the-girl-band-throne hopefuls the Saturdays and Parade, the Dublin-based outfit have opted for a more sophisticated approach on their self-titled debut, with a sound inspired by the classic AOR of Fleetwood Mac, the melodic soft rock of the Corrs, and the teen-friendly country-pop of Taylor Swift. While the likes of Nashville-tinged lead single "Not a Love Song," the sweeping acoustic ballad "Nothing Moves Me Anymore," and the melancholic harmonies of "Is It Just Me" are the kind of easy listening ditties destined to become Radio 2 staples, it's hard to see how their pleasantly inoffensive nature will succeed where Walsh's extremely similar previous foray into girl power, Bellefire, miserably failed. It's only when they up the tempo such as on the driving anthemic "Starlight," the ABBA-influenced "In Your Arms" (the former surprisingly penned by two members of chav-rap crew Blazin' Squad, the latter by Take That's Mark Owen), and the Motown-inspired "Get Your Boots On," do the girls come into their own. Unfortunately, and perhaps predictably considering their two mentors' history, Wonderland's 15 tracks are bogged down by a number of superfluous cover versions, from Ryan Adams "When the Stars Go Blue" and Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" to Alexis Strum's "It Could Be You," of which only the latter's Celtic reworking adds anything to the original, while the bonus acoustic renditions of 2010's chart hits from Adele ("Rolling in the Deep") and Rihanna ("Only Girl in the World") suggest an unnecessary crisis of confidence in their own material. Perhaps a little too mature for the audience they're chasing, and not mature enough for the audience they are more likely to appeal to, Wonderland runs the risk of being caught in no man's land. But while it's unlikely to achieve the success of its homeland's male pop acts, it's an accomplished and well-produced debut a million miles away from their denim-clad, teenybopper forebears.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Mercury Uk
  • UPC: 602527636313
  • Catalog Number: 2763631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Not A Love Song (3:24)
  2. 2 Starlight (3:32)
  3. 3 Nothing Moves Me Anymore (3:46)
  4. 4 Need You Now (3:48)
  5. 5 In Your Arms (3:45)
  6. 6 Is It Just Me (3:54)
  7. 7 Why Here Why Now (4:01)
  8. 8 Time Has Run Out (3:46)
  9. 9 Emergency (3:44)
  10. 10 It Could Be You (3:23)
  11. 11 Get Your Boots On (3:08)
  12. 12 When the Stars Go Blue (4:13)
  13. 13 Rolling in the Deep (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wonderland Primary Artist, Vocals
Phil Palmer Acoustic Guitar
Steve Robson Bass, Fiddle, Piano
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Dave Arch Piano, Keyboards
Dermot Crehan Fiddle
Rohan Onraet Percussion
Tim VanDerKuil Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Malcolm Moore Bass Guitar
Karl Brazil Drums
Luke Potashnick Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Ben Harrison Guitar
Gareth Brown Percussion
Wayne Plummer Guitar
Tal Amiran Percussion, Drums
Eliot James Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Power Programming, Producer, Pro-Tools, Additional Production
Andy Hill Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Stephen Hussey String Arrangements
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Steve Robson Programming, Producer
Billy Steinberg Composer
Will Malone String Arrangements
Mark Owen Composer
Paul Inder Composer
Ryan Adams Composer
Blair Mackichan Composer
Shep Solomon Composer
Paul Epworth Composer
Llewellyn Composer
Matt Foster Engineer
Dave Haywood Composer
Ben Weaver Composer
Hillary Scott Composer
Ben Mark Producer
Jamie Norton Composer, Producer
Rohan Onraet Programming, Engineer, Pro-Tools
Marcus Killian Composer
James Murray Engineer, Instrumentation
Shelly Poole Composer
Adele Composer
Adam Argyle Composer
Josh Kear Composer
Michael Logen Composer
Sam Miller Engineer, Pro-Tools
Charles Kelley Composer
Ben Harrison Composer
Howells Composer
Dee Adam Composer
Luke Juby String Arrangements
Mustafa Omer Engineer, Instrumentation
Eliot James Producer
Wonderland Composer
Nick Ingram String Arrangements
Graham Dickenson Engineer
Gabriela Soza Composer
Alexis Sturm Composer
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