A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation review by The Wombats

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  • Released: Oct 29, 2007
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (50 votes)
The Wombats: A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation
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Sound — 9
There are some bands where it is astonishing to hear how full a song they can write using only a guitar, a bass, and a drum kit when bands with twice the variety of instruments can only produce pale imitations and the wombats are one of these bands. This is indie rock at it's greatest, you can dance to it, sing to it and, should the mood take you, cry in your bedroom to it. I propose creating a new genre called "multi-purpose rock" to use in situations such as this!

Lyrics — 9
This album is in escence the diary of three 20 something teens who are trying to find themselves while having a good time and this is what it sounds like. The lyrics are not deep or moving, they will not change your life or inspire you but they are funny and many young people will be able to relate to the situations they describe. I personly love the lyrics to these songs as they seen to tell my life story in 15 fun and easy to listen to songs.

Overall Impression — 8
This album does not have many faults, it is not very impressive or technically difficult but then it never claimed to be. The lyrics are not very deep, verging on superficial but nobody ever said that music was a philosiphy lesson (correct me if I'm wrong) it is just honest funny indie rock with no secrets and nothing to hide and this is why I like it so much.

9 comments sorted by best / new / date

    vidoublelanz
    the album is amazing its fun to listen to every song is good even the opener which i wasnt a fan of to begin with
    andrewofhackney
    bloody ace album, although there are a few filler tracks in there that u might not find as appealing as the singles, overall its solid. i heard Kill The Director a over a year ago as a demo, and i was like 'wtf, why is this so bloody catchy?!? isnt it supposed to be a girly band?!!' but no...the wombats aint just for girls...they're for everyone. best songs in this order: 1. Moving to NY 2. Kill the Director 3. Backfire at the Disco 4. Dance to Joy Division 5. Lost in the Post and theres other great ones too!!
    gabehutch
    iamaguitarfish should the mood take you, cry in your bedroom to it.
    yeh ok buddy have fun with that
    punk2k6
    awesome album, i agree with all i think there is a maybe 1 or 2 songs that dont take my fancy but overall there a fun band and i love listening to kill the director and moving to New york =]
    irwhoo
    I LOVE this album, its good old traditional indie with an edge. Kill the director gets stuck in my head the whole time.. be warned! :L
    SG-Burchett
    from a bassist's point of view an alright album-but from a guitarist's point of view its rubbish. it has kinda 'plastic' modern generic indy lyrics as well. kill the director is pretty good but apart from that, most of the others are nothing that amazing. like all other genres that were majorly popular, indy will out grow itself
    kerno1
    zapatista89 wrote: craig-scott91 wrote: sound exactly the same live as on the album, brilliant! why is that good? why not just play the cd in a crowd of people? Of course it is good. I agree with craig, brilliant band, brilliant album and brilliant live
    kerno1
    kerno1 wrote: zapatista89 wrote: craig-scott91 wrote: sound exactly the same live as on the album, brilliant! why is that good? why not just play the cd in a crowd of people? Of course it is good. I agree with craig, brilliant band, brilliant album and brilliant live
    i think that it sounds the same live because the effects on the vocals are minimal and it is so great coz it shows that the bands lead singer matt murphy is a real person with a voice that isnt overdubbed by autotune like all of the other shit on the radio theses days i think the wombats have done indie rock proud