Album Review: The Wombats – The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch

By on Monday, 25th April 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

‘…This Modern Glitch is the Wombats‘ 3rd studio outing. I can’t lie and say I wasn’t a fan of their singles: ‘Moving to New York’ is a serious tune and ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ is another undeniable classic. So why was I sceptical about the album? Well because I always liked the singles, but as a whole album ‘The Wombats’ could never really get it together. Well with ‘This Modern Glitch’ is where that all changes, the joeys have truly become ‘The Wombats’ here and deserve all the plaudits growing up comes with.

The album starts as it means to go on, a full on blast of techno beats assaults you in opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ where lead Wombat Matthew Murphy treats us to his subtly building vocals. It ends up sounding like what any beginning of an album should, powerfully gripping, like you’ve just given a pack of wild animals a speed injection. ‘This Modern Glitch’ carries on in the same tone, with a heavy lean towards synths and electro style mixes with the obvious inclusion of the indie guitar we come to expect from the Wombats.

‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ will be familiar to most people here seeing as it was released back in September, but when given an airing after ‘Our Perfect Disease’, the fantastic indie dance floor filler it was becomes a truly glorious glitter pop tune. The second half of the album is noticeably calmer than the opening. Not a bad thing at all really; it doesn’t sound like they have run out of ideas or want to just through a heavy contrast to the beginning of the album. No, as I mentioned earlier, they have grown up. Songs like ‘Techno Fan’ and ‘Walking Disasters’ are examples of this and can be enjoyed for what they are supposed to be enjoyed as: brilliant catchy pop music with choruses the size of mountains.

The standout moment of the album though comes in the first half: second single ‘Jump into the Fog’ epitomizes what this record is all about, unashamedly good pop music. ‘Jump into the Fog’ goes from a trademark Wombats chorus to a blistering guitar screech of epic proportions, going to show you that they can do roaring rock and roll as well as toe tapping ditties about Murphy’s anti-depressant addictions (‘Anti-D’).

On reflection, The Wombats have created a thoroughly brilliant pop record, which is arguably the best effort at an LP released this year. While it may not be thrown the many plaudits of critics and awards judges, it’s safe to say that ‘This Modern Glitch’ is a wonderful effort from a band at the top of their game.

9.5/10

‘The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch’ is released today on 14th Floor Records. The band will be touring the UK in September and October.

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