Diana G. (dianac7) from GARLAND, TX Reviewed on 6/24/2007...
Great cd especially the song wonderful.
Melody L. (achadamaia) Reviewed on 8/16/2006...
Some interesting tracks. Completely different from his early days. Wonderful is a beautiful song.
Thank you for staying with us.
Jason Stein | San Diego, CA United States | 02/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"By 1995 Adam Ant was all but forgotten in the pop music world. Yet, the song "Wonderful" broke through the top 40 (and should have gone #1 without a doubt). An amazing feat considering the derision and ridicule Adam Ant endured up to that point. "Wonderful" is certainly his most mature work, and compared to his other albums, one of the highlights of his long career. The song "Wonderful" is worth the price of admission alone, but all the songs work nicely together. "Won't Take That Talk", "Beautiful Dream" (which also should have been #1), "1969 Again", "Yin & Yang", "Image Of Yourself", "Alien". Marco and Adam sound energized by having had another five years off and an album shelved by their previous record company.
After eleven years of listening to this album it has only gotten better with time. The sad part is it's been eleven years now since Adam has produced anything new. Also, the unfortunate media attention surrounding his bipolar disorder in recent years which has contributed to out of control behaviors (see gun waving in a pub) all makes a comeback unlikely, but you never know. He's proven everyone wrong at least three times in his career. "Wonderful" is definitely worth picking up if you're an Ant fan."
The Groove | Boston, MA | 10/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Many collectors with a large music library own a handful of releases which, to their dismay, are no longer in print. I have quite a few, and one of them is 1995's "Wonderful," the eighth studio album by Adam Ant. After dominating much of the 1980s with his high-concept brand of camp pop, Ant grew up and got serious, offering an appealing mix of mature, guitar-powered rock. It spawned one minor Top 40 hit, the title track, but its sales were disappointing (even for a past-his-prime 1980's star), and Capitol soon let "Wonderful" die an unfortunate death. That's too bad, because it's an underrated album that deserved better promotion and sales. Ant's longtime collaborator, Marco, reappears as a songwriter, but we also get help from Boz Boorer, who's also done a few tunes with Morrissey. "Won't Take That Talk" is a great opener, a fine balance of acoustic and electric guitars with some crisp production. The album takes a funky turn with the sensual "Beautiful Dream," followed by solid numbers "Gotta Be a Sin," "1969 Again," and "Alien." The years since "Wonderful" haven't been wonderful for Adam, though. His frequent run-ins with the law and his public battle with mental illness make it very likely that this could be his final album. But even though "Wonderful" is no longer in print, it's still worth the effort to get it used, either online or at a secondhand record shop.
(Side note: the album artwork and photography is by Anton Corbijn, known for his work with U2, Depeche Mode, and others. The pictures and display are done very well, proving why Corbijn is one of my favorite photographers.)"
The Groove | 04/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This really is WONDERFUL. It is a little known fact that he wrote this album for and dedicated this album to his then live-in girlfriend Heather Graham. Yes THAT Heather Graham. That is who he is describing as "wonderful". Hmm. I will forgive him for that. This album is much different than all of his other ones. I guess you could say its more mature. His voice and lovely face (in the album art) are as [great] as always- but he sounds so emotional on this album. He still talks about [love], but in a different way then his last albums. I love Gotta Be A Sin and could listen to it all day. Beautiful Dream (the song that is most blatently about [LOVE])is just a really great song to listen to, very relaxing. Vampires may be my favorite song on the album. Even if you aren't an Adam Ant fan (although- why wouldn't you be?????) you will enjoy this album for what it is. A GREAT album."
One of the best in discography
Dorrie Wheeler | 10/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hands down "Wonderful" is probably the most complete album in Adam Ants discogrophy. Some fans might be turned off by "Wonderful" because some of the songs or more pop than punk, but this is one Adam Ant album that you can listen to from start to finish and enjoy every song. Released in 1995, 5 years after "Manners & Physique" fans expected than Adam sans the make up was quite different than Adam of old. "Wonderful" picks up where "Manners & Physique" left off. The lyrics are so beautiful and introspective. Some of the most beautiful songs on the album include "Yin and Yang," "Angel," and "Vampires." The title track "Wonderful" is the perfect pop ballad. I'm just really surprised this album wasn't more critically acclaimed. "Beautiful Dream," and "1969 Again," are uptempo rock/pop songs that will please most listeners. The production is awesome as the vocals and instrumentals really compliment each other, this is definitly one of the best albums in Adam's discography, the sad part is we haven't seen an official studio release of new material since. One of my favorite songs on the album is the last cut, "Very Long Ride." "