Chevelle
Wonder What's Next


4.0
excellent

Review

by DropTune USER (65 Reviews)
February 6th, 2018 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Streamlined, focused, and experimental are all words to describe the formula behind Wonder What's Next.

Caught between Christian and indie scenes, Chevelle emerged as one of the most underrated acts in recent history. Churning out quality singles and equally as impressive albums, Chevelle was never quite given the credit they’re due. Wonder What’s Next served as the breakthrough for Chevelle to make their mark. Successful singles showed their potential to deliver emotional yet heavy songs in a saturated music genre. Cleverly incorporating their influences of Tool and The Cure, Wonder What’s Next produces a unique sound that is sure to intrigue new listeners.

The concept of the album revolves around adversity. Struggles with addiction, religion, and faith are explored honestly within Wonder What’s Next. ‘Comfortable Liar’ highlights this theme by providing an intellectual tune about living in sin. The lyrics describe someone who has become comfortable lying to themselves and others. The driving riff thumps through the airspace and lures listeners into a mellow chorus before the inevitable drop. ‘Closure’ also continues the exploration by providing a look at how pride and addiction affects relationships.

The music aspect of Wonder What’s Next is certainly a departure from their previous tone in Point #1. The detuned guitars make their presence known in nearly every track. The riffs are thick and beefy and are certain to give casual fans something to groove to. The music relays the subject well throughout the album. The tense-climbing notes in the title track display the frustration many addicts feel when they deny self-awareness. Wonder What’s Next has decent variety in styles. Songs vary from alternative style tunes like ‘Send the Pain Below’ onto more nu/alternative-metal tracks like ‘The Red’ and ‘Grab Thy Hand.’

Wonder What’s Next is a phenomenal effort put forth by a trio of brothers who took a daring step into the modern music scene. Having presence in both Christian and indie market is something not very common. It’s safe to say both scenes are outspoken and critical in their own right, but for Chevelle to make a mark in the mainstream as well is a different story. Wonder What’s Next showcases influence from both areas and implements them into a palatable and more streamlined direction. Chevelle doesn’t preach to its audience, but provides an honest depiction of struggling with faith and their desperate attempts to live a better life. Combined with the raw and experimental sounds Wonder What’s Next provides, indie fans would also be pleased despite the high production and major label debut.

Wonder What’s Next earns a 4 from me. The album is among my personal favorites and makes the best out of one of the most cluttered waves in music. The album has aged well and still provides the same excitement it did back then. The album may not be groundbreaking, but it set forth a path for Chevellle to travel. They found a style that suits them as well as refining a formula many bands tried to emulate. Wonder What’s Next is a good recommendation for alternative fans to dig into if they’re looking for more substance or a new sound. Chevelle is criminally underrated and has a pretty consistent score on Sputnik. Maybe it’s time to show them some love.

Standout Tracks
Comfortable Liar
Closure
Wonder What's Next
Grab Thy Hand



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artiswar
February 6th 2018


6902 Comments


Great review. Only thing I hate about this album is they totally ripped off Deftones' Be Quiet And Drive on the track Send The Pain Below. Comfortable Liar is dope as hell though.

DropTune
February 6th 2018


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks ArtIsWar, I've been really striving to improve my structure for reviews. 'Send the Pain Below' wasn't my favorite on the album. The track does have a certain Deftones quality to it.

Drifter
February 6th 2018


15327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Send The Pain Below > Anything Deftones have ever created or thought of creating

artiswar
February 6th 2018


6902 Comments


LMAO

love you dude

DropTune
February 6th 2018


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta agree with Drifter there. 'Send the Pain Below' is no comparison to anything Deftones have ever done. Deftones also deserve a lot more credit than due.

bloc
February 6th 2018


54734 Comments


Some amazzzzing songs on this. Def some of the band's best songs too. Comfortable Liar goes so fuckin hard

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TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2018


24971 Comments


Very good review. Pos. I would remove "Wonder What’s Next earns a 4 from me." only because the first thing we see is that you gave it a 4 up top. Otherwise, great work.

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HarryBoBerry
February 6th 2018


607 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. To this day I still jam "Family System" frequently. Whole album is ace.

Drifter
February 6th 2018


15327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Triple l in Chevelle in the last paragraph

DropTune
February 7th 2018


1290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Family System' was a great tune. Revisiting this album before the review was quite refreshing. I didn't notice the triple L before rereading. I don't know how I missed that, but I'll be sure to remove it.

Drifter
February 7th 2018


15327 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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