Mr. Wonderful

Mr. Wonderful

by Action Bronson


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Benefiting from mixtapes like rock bands used to benefit from pre-debut tours, chef turned rapper Action Bronson is wonderfully loose and comfortable on his first full-length, the audaciously and aptly titled Mr. Wonderful. Album opener "Brand New Car" forgoes the usual bombastic intro for a cheeky, goofy track, one that stops and starts at will while offering "That girl on top of me: pornography/She only want me for my guapery" in a voice that's gruff and powerful. Billy Joel is skillfully sampled by producer Mark Ronson on the cut, while highlight "Terry" later uses the Piano Man's name as a sign of success (from then's "First time whacked off, was a Penthouse" to now's "Billy Joel at the Garden/Should I get a skybox?"), but all the insider chef talk, all the cutting-edge alt-hip-hop references, and all the left-field production ideas from the underground days remain, as Mr. Wonderful is a subtle way to join the major leagues/major labels. Hooks and radio-worthy moments are supplied by the edgy likes of Chance the Rapper as "Baby Blue" bubbles with soul and venomously breaks up with an ex, sounding as if De La Soul could show a pimp hand. Closer "Easy Rider" clues into the freedom-driven spirit of its movie namesake and offers an elaborate, ambitious journey that proves both Action and co-conspirator/frequent producer Party Supplies make things sound "effortless," which could easily be misconstrued as "slacker." Other, less accessible examples include the exotic "The Passage" and "A Light in the Addict," a compelling six minutes' worth of sound art and rap-jazz. Through it all, Bronson balances brutish punch lines with a stunning wit, and tempers his lust for world travel and opulence with self-deprecating jokes, and yet, Mr. Wonderful is still just a tad too big and busy for the newcomer, as EP-sized intros always seemed more right-sized with Bronson. The merely curious can try one of those taster platters before gorging themselves on this rich, delicious meal.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2015
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678669699
catalogNumber: 549151

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Action Bronson   Primary Artist
Mark Ronson   Bass,Guitar,Piano,scratching,Drums,fender rhodes
Leon Michels   Mellotron,Vibes
Zane Lowe   Background Vocals
Curt Chambers   Guitar
Tommy "TNT" Brenneck   Guitar
Cas Weinbren   Piano
Party Supplies   Guitar
Chance the Rapper   Background Vocals
AntMan Wonder   Musician
Chauncy Sherrod   Vocals
Gloria Lovett   Vocals
Donnie Trumpet   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ingo Bischof   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Hellmut Hattler   Composer
Johannes Alto Pappert   Composer
Nick Hook   Engineer
Charles Njapa   Composer
Danny Zook   Sample Clearance
Alchemist   Producer,Engineer
Peter Wolbrandt   Composer
88-Keys   Producer
Mark Ronson   Programming,Producer
Oh No   Producer
Leon Michels   Engineer
Zane Lowe   Composer
Statik Selektah   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carolyn Tracey   Package Production
Jan Fride Wolbrandt   Composer
Noah Shebib   Composer,Producer,Engineer
I. Brockington   Composer
Alan "The Alchemist" D. Maman   Composer
Brian "Busy" Dackowski   Marketing
Action Bronson   Executive Producer
Noel Cadastre   Engineer
Rhys Downing   Engineer
Sidney "Omen" Brown   Producer
Party Supplies   Producer
Evan Stewart   Engineer
Ariyan Arslani   Composer
James Rencher   Composer
Andrew Sarlo   Engineer
Justin Nealis   Composer,Engineer
Jared Tauben   Engineer
Antoine "Audioblk" Baldwin   Composer,Producer
H. Wayne Browne   Composer
Zafer Hakansoy   Composer
Ricky Damien   Engineer
Richard "FRKO" Montgomery   Art Direction,Illustrations

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