The Wombats
This Modern Glitch


2.0
poor

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
May 11th, 2011 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This Modern Glitch illustrates a band making no strident steps towards showing they can write enough interesting material to fill a whole album and ultimately displays the last significance of a band quickly running out of ideas.

As the essential staple of any aspiring indie-pop group, catchy tunes can often seem easier to manufacture than they really are. Often a criminally overlooked commodity, these are a key connective factor between acclaimed superstars and ambitious beginners alike, and often facilitate the embryonic connectivity with prospective listeners that can make or break a band’s success. Though wildly inconsistent and at times unbearably bad, The Wombats 2007 debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, contained enough pizzazz in the form of instantaneously catchy hooks that many of its flaws could be forgotten. Commercially and critically the album was a success, although the lingering sense of discontent and excessive amounts of filler detracted from a full on British media hype-fest. This relative lack of publicity following the album allowed The Wombats to remain under the radar and disappear into artistic oblivion.

Enter This Modern Glitch.

On the face of it, not an awful lot has happened in the four years since the release of …Love, Loss & Desperation; indeed, The Wombats don’t seem to have learnt an awful lot in their obscurity. The release of lead single Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) a full seven months prior to the album’s release would hint towards an extended advertising campaign aimed at thrusting The Wombats back into the public’s imagination. Somewhere along the line however, this self-promotion failed to materialize, a feat that can be prescribed to one dominant element: Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves) sounds too similar to everything the band has accomplished to date. The mischievous, tounge-in-cheek dialogues of The Arctic Monkeys have still yet to be replicated and the dance-pop revolution led by The Killers and their contemporaries has since become all but irrelevant in the modern indie scene, leaving The Wombats, through no fault of their own, in an artistic no man’s land.

Elsewhere, the band’s propensity to stay safe within the confines of their limited comfort zone and refuse to progress upon their basic formula impedes on the prolonged impact or enjoyment that the songs may have possessed on an individual basis. While …Love, Loss & Desperation may have frequently blown hot-and-cold, it did at least attempt to show an inclination towards progression; My First Wedding displayed quirky off-beat guitar riffs and unusually attention-grabbing percussion to further the sound perfected on singles such as Kill The Director and whilst awful Party In a Forest (Where’s Laura) contributed a lo-fi aesthetic to the album. This Modern Glitch shows none of these traits, and persistently sticks to the same tiresome structure throughout the album’s forty minute entirety.

The band exhibit yet more signs of stagnation in their one-time standout commodity, lyrics. Periodic displays of competency are off-set by extended passages of utterly aimless drivel such as the appalling Anti-D; “Please allow me to be your anti-depressant/I too am prescribed as freely as any decongestant” and the flat Walking Disaster; “if these words won't drop from your lips/I will be your Freudian slip”. The long-term effects of such idleness within both a song writing and lyrical capacity are that the album fails to get into any sort of rhythm before becoming uninteresting, repetitive, and utterly lifeless. The lyrical talent and pop-sensibilities taken for granted on the band’s debut seem to have eluded The Wombats on this occasion, and the poor choice of singles indicates that the band are unwilling to venture outside their comfort zone. This Modern Glitch illustrates a band making no strident steps towards showing they can write enough interesting material to fill a whole album and ultimately displays the last significance of a band quickly running out of ideas.

Overall 2.0 Poor



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Fugue
May 11th 2011


7353 Comments


Meh.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 11th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Think the last bit where you say they're running out of ideas is a bit of a leap in dramatic tone but this is a superb review. I'll never understand why people use the 'Enter ALBUMX' thing, though. Your first and third paras flow fine into each other without that arbitrary temporal marker. Poz.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well-written & argued Rosco... Even if I disagree with much of what you are arguing.

I think that, in a sense, they are trying to branch out & remain "modern", by using synths much more. Whether it works is a totally different matter.

As for blasting 'Tokyo'; No comment.

Fugue
May 11th 2011


7353 Comments


If I'm being honest Adam, that line was probably more me experimenting with a slightly different review structure than anything else, and as so it probably is pretty redundant. Thanks for the positive comments though, they are appreciated as always.

Davey, I had actually planned on adding another sentence to my fourth paragraph praising Tokyo but it never fully formed. It's the second best track on here though - not that that says a lot.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 11th 2011


20857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Righteo... The way it is now, it sort of suggests you don't like it... But reading it back, I can see what you are saying & it does fit in with the main point of your review.

Knott-
Emeritus
May 11th 2011


10198 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

The review's superbly structured, to be honest.

Vooligan
May 12th 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, Ross.

I think I like this a little more than you though haha.

Awesomesauce
May 12th 2011


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Great review. Someone cut this man a cheque.

Tyrael
May 12th 2011


20893 Comments


Meh.

Exactly my point! Pos.

Fugue
May 12th 2011


7353 Comments


Thanks Billy, out of interest which tracks do you enjoy most?

Awesomesauce/Tyr: Thanks dudes.

Gyromania
May 18th 2011


15941 Comments


So, this review definitely didn't get enough attention. I'm jealous of how free-flowing and structured your reviews have become. Had you written this just two weeks earlier you would definitely had a feature. Excellent job, Ross - one of your best and an easy pos.

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Fugue
May 18th 2011


7353 Comments


Thanks Matt, I like how it turned out but idk about any feature or anything though.



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