A review by Lee Tran Lam that appeared in the October 2001 issue of Passing Show (Macquarie Univ., NSW Australia)…
Edith Frost’s voice reminds me of crisp shadows and evening air: composed and cool. There’s also a soft crackle to her vocals, like the burn of a tinder-caught spark. Add the rustic twang of strings, the moody linger of guitar, piano, and considered percussion, and you have Wonder Wonder, Frost’s follow-up to Telescopic. Whether sadly introspective or quietly joyful, the songs on her latest album still exude a gentle acoustic grace. During the lilting saunter of "Hear My Heart", Frost sings, "Can our hearts decode / all the text implies / can I look into your hardened old eyes?" On Wonder Wonder‘s last tuneful and unconsciously affecting track, she intones, "as long as you’re decided, I can’t stay mad at you."
It’s not all lovehearts and plaintive guitar strumming though. The artist becomes playful on the title track, as she tinkers with an assortment of tings, bangs, and clangs. The childlike sampling of percussion instruments is mirrored by the lighthearted melody. The most vigorous pop number on Wonder Wonder though, is "Cars and Parties", full of thundering pace and treble momentums. It’s a crackling tune full of bells and whistles (or bells, strings, and various other instruments). It’s one of those songs that your mental jukebox keeps on "repeat" mode. Rightly so. "You’re Decided" is the other tune my mind keeps returning to. If only more songs on Wonder Wonder had that quality though.
B/B+ (Edith Frost would be ticked off at me, because I’m not decided.)