The Wombats
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life


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by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (121 Reviews)
February 10th, 2018 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What is the soap that washes down 99% of dirt and bacteria together with all talent?

British Indie scene has had a rough time since the 90s. After the mighty fall of britpop, the following wave of so called post-britpop has with a few exceptions proven to be a line of abhorrently dreadful, uninspired wishy-washy acts that inherited the cheesiness and gullible silliness of britpop, but not its energy or instrumental finesse. It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that a genre made to capitalise on a past success of now extinct other genre didn’t last for very long either. But the British scene needed to fill the void with someone else singing “I wanna get a college girl drunk tonight” (that is honest to god a line on the song “Turn” here). Thankfully, at that time Arctic Monkeys became probably the first artists to ever find fame through internet and the new craze in indie oriented rock music began.

However, another strange phenomenon could be observed in these times of change. Apparently, the once prominent britpop bands were still trying to come through with britpop records, while post-britpop acts were still trying to do their thing as well, both at times, when their influence was already less than minimal. And now we can see it happening again with the once new wave of indie rock from the 2000s-2010s. Those bands are still trying to wow us with their washed out, boring music and more than before, they fail.

It should be obvious by now that I am dragging out the introduction. That is only because there is hardly anything to talk about, when it comes to this particular album. If anything should be found surprising about it, it’s that it isn’t all reliant on daft electronic arrangement and production, as many of its contemporaries do, but instead the band actually still does play rea instruments, even if utmost blandly. The song-writing is not half-bad either. Every now and then an actually decent tune pops up, but still never striking enough to make you forgive the drabness of the thing.

What can be said about this is only: “yeah sure okay fine”. The Wombats are not trying to impress. They are way past that point already. All they can really do is keep on writing those simple songs with witty, silly lyrics and keep the instrumental side fine enough not to be hated on actively. And they do that. And the album sounds accordingly. And that’s all there is to it.



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Papa Universe
February 9th 2018


21593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

behold

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Sinternet
February 9th 2018


19657 Comments


this band always has dope singles and garbage alum filler but i must admit i had no idea this was coming out

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2018


15357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I quite enjoyed this tbh. Good rev though man

DoofusWainwright
February 10th 2018


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I’ve never enjoyed a single song these dudes have put out



Gotta check

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
February 10th 2018


15357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I've never really enjoyed their work before either. I don't really know why I enjoyed this so much. lol

DoofusWainwright
February 10th 2018


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Listening now, they've toned things down which is good.



Still don't like the singer's voice or lyrics and sadly that seems to be the only unique feature, the music is as generic and middle-of-the-road as it comes

Lucman
February 10th 2018


2711 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice review. The only record I've heard from these guys was the Modern Glitch and I promptly gave it away after purchasing it for 2.50 from a used bookstore. I'll give this a listen because why not?

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Papa Universe
February 10th 2018


21593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Sinternet is getting weaker in annoying people, so he just lazily tries to give them a migraine through his profile pictures.

tommygun
February 10th 2018


26899 Comments


band peaked with moving to new york and been shite ever since

claygurnz
February 11th 2018


5340 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^That's a great song tbf

Papa Universe
February 14th 2018


21593 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"2 out of 3 thought this review was well written"

Ya cunt.



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