It’s been 11 huge years since Liverpool trio The Wombats first hit the music stratosphere in 2007 with ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, and following the success of their third album ‘Glitterbug’ reaching the top 5 in 2015, they are back with their most anticipated album to date ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’.
The album focuses on adult relationships, having been together for fifteen years now, they reflect on their maturity as a band. That same maturity is still felt in their sound, whilst still holding on to the powerhouse synths and riffs that we all love.
The album kick-starts off with Cheetah Tongue, and the familiar hypnotic guitar riffs compliment the lyrics in such a fashion, it’s off with a bang, and I can’t stop thinking on how insane this would be performed live. The song presents Murphy’s search for meaning in adulthood, a strong start for The Wombats, bursting with pure energy and sets the tone for the rest of the album.
Followed closely with ‘Lemon Knife To Fight’ a synth filled haven, and combines perfectly what we all love about The Wombats. The instant 5 million hits by the albums release on February 9th sure do it justice. It’s an instant indie classic, an anthem filled with upbeat guitar riffs and infectiously catchy lyrics, what’s not to love?
Filtering into a chilled part of the album, it’s ‘Turn’, a personal favourite. This is a nostalgia filled ballad stating that it ‘won’t get better than this’ and that life is just pure excitement, even with the uncertainty of adult life showcased in the two previous songs. A song that will be on the tip of your tongue and enscapulating your headspace for a few days at least.
‘Black Flamingo’ was the last single to be released from the album, and I can safely say it has grown on me. It takes on the classic Wombats sound, with more catchy lyrics to fill your ears. The pace of the album surprisingly accelerates with the punky ‘White Eyes’, a quirky, matured sound which I can say was a hit with me from the start. If you favor the pop elements of The Wombats, then this song might not be a hit with you, but it is interesting to see how the trio have matured their sound since 2003.
‘Lethal Combination’ breaks up the slower songs on the album successfully with feel good lyrics. The song perfectly uplifts the album again, without the inclusion of this track it could’ve been a slow ending to the album, with more melancohly than ecstatic fun filled songs.
‘Out of My Head’ can only be described as one word: Groovy. It takes a very avant garde approach to their music. ‘I Only Wear Black’ is also considerably different, not a big hit for me as it seems to be a little monotone, I know Matthew can use his vocals better than that.
‘I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do’ ends the album on a high note, without any particular understanding of lyrics needed, a strong Wombats anthem.
The album still combines the coming of age elements that we all love, it’s rare for an album to both be near-flawless melodically and lyrically. ‘This Modern Glitch’ and ‘Glitterbug’ will always have a place in my Wombats filled heart, but this new direction is interesting as it is impressive, with the band always pushing the boundaries of Indie Pop. There’s still life in The Wombats yet, that’s for sure.