I bought this album originally around 1994 when I was 14 and never listened to it as 1985 seemed so far away and irrelevant to me, plus they had just released 'I Say I Say I Say' which in my eyes was a fresh and more exciting record. I've since re-discovered 'Wonderland' and I have to say there are some outstanding tracks which I have played to my mates some nights and have gone down fantastically.
'Push Me Shove Me' has to be one of the best tracks from any band at that time, a blend of old school dance and dark urban Europop quite unlike anything else they've attempted. I wish the band had explored this particular sound a bit further as the singers voice and tempo works so well with Vince's beats and bridges.
'Cry So Easy', Andy's only solo writing credit with the band, see's the singer telling of his disappointment with his cold lover and although his voice sounds a little weak it adds to the theme of the song. I liked the recent acoustic rework of this track on the 'Boy' EP, although it will not appear on the 'Union Street' album which is a shame.
'Reunion', 'Oh L'amour' and 'Love Is A Loser' are a precursor of what was to follow over the next 20 years. Perfectly pop, perfectly foot-tapperble and perfectly sweet. The original version of 'Who Needs Love Like That' as the album's introduction sounds dated now, a better mix can be heard from the re-issue single on the greatest hits bundle 'Pop'. The lesser quality tracks 'March On Down The Line' and 'My Heart So Blue' plod a bit but make good fillers regardless.
Although you won't find it on the album, the B-side 'Don't Say No' from the 'Heavenly Action' single is another superb piece of old school dance, the remixes are also worthy of a blast late on a Friday night if you can hold of them.
All in all a good idea of where Erasure were on their way to in 1985 but also a chance to dream about where they could have gone.