The Slow Wonder

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The Slow Wonder
Studio album by A.C. Newman
Released June 8, 2004
Recorded 2003
Genre Indie rock
Length 33:24
Label Matador Records, Last Gang Records
Producer John Collins
A.C. Newman chronology
The Slow Wonder
Get Guilty

The Slow Wonder is the debut solo album by A.C. Newman, who is better known as the frontman of The New Pornographers and Zumpano. It was released in 2004 on Matador Records/Last Gang Records.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (80/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[3]
Dusted (Favorable)[4]
Pitchfork Media (8.8/10)[5]
PopMatters (Favorable)[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Stylus B+[8]

The Slow Wonder was met with generally positive reviews as signified by its Metacritic rating of 80 based on 21 reviews.[9] Brandon Stosuy of Pitchfork Media said the album "fits together for a taut 34 minutes without lags or rough spots" and could be "viewed as collection of singles."[10] Allmusic wrote that standout tracks such as new wave sound of Secretarial combined with the sunny power pop of "Miracle Drug" or "On the Table" makes "[The Slow Wonder] essential".[2] In another positive review Rolling Stone said "Newman pens melodies that seem to have sprung from the collective unconscious and then encases them in bright, lush power-pop arrangements."

There were a handful of less than positive views on the album. Alternative Press said the album "sounded like demos" Newman was preparing for a future release.[9] Although Anthony Miccio of the Village Voice wrote "uptempo grins like "On the Table" make denying the pleasantness of it all impossible," he proceeded in criticizing it for just being "pop," and being "just something to zone out to." [11]

The song "On the Table" was featured on the television program The O.C., and appeared on its official soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Miracle Drug" – 2:19
  2. "Drink to Me, Babe, Then" – 3:32
  3. "On the Table" – 3:57
  4. "Most of Us Prizefighters" – 2:28
  5. "The Battle for Straight Time" – 3:58
  6. "Secretarial" – 2:35
  7. "Come Crash" – 3:03
  8. "Better Than Most" – 2:33
  9. "The Cloud Prayer" – 2:28
  10. "The Town Halo" – 3:11
  11. "35 in the Shade" – 3:22
  12. "Homemade Bombs In The Afternoon" (Japanese edition bonus track, Also available on iTunes)




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