Band: The Wombats
Release: This Modern Glitch
Three years since their debut album ‘A guide to love, loss and desperation’, ‘This Modern Glitch’, produced by Eric Valentine, hit the album chart at an impressive number 3!
With its somewhat poppy/electro feel ‘Tokyo’ (vampires and wolves), resembling Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’, was the first track to be released into the UK single’s chart hitting number 23 in September 2010; a promising start?
‘1996’ has its upbeat tempo, singalong keyboard melodies, and catchy chorus, however the despairing ‘Anti D’ leaves nothing to the imagination. It lacks substance and subtext, is dull, repetitive, angst ridden and I felt myself needing anti-d after listening to this track.
What springs to mind with the slightly cringe worthy ‘Girls/Fast cars’ is a 15 year old boy wanking in his bed with its cheesy childlike chorus mixed in with a bit of synth.. Erm yeah!!
But back to the positives, ‘Jump into the fog’ is a personal favourite on this album. It delivers the poignant line ‘ its just that life tastes sweeter when its wrapped in debauchery’, and of course the input from the soulful choir.
If i knew nothing about this Liverpudlian trio I would assume they were teenage boys due to the use of the amateur lyrics at times and simple melodies, when in actual fact they should be riding high off the back of their successful first album.
Danny Goffey and Gaz Coombes came up with more imaginative lyrics with meaningful innuendo’s when they were just 15 years old, and these are grow men!!
Thankfully there are at least 3 good listens on ‘This Modern Glitch’
Reviewer: Nikki Grahame