Glitterbug

The Wombats - Glitterbug
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #965 / 978
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2015 Ratings: #423
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April 13, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
14th Floor / Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

The Wombats build upon the buoyant, dance-oriented vibe of This Modern Glitch, honing their sound into a tight, glossy sheen that hints at the bombastic new wave productions of '80s bands like Tears for Fears.

70
Exclaim!

While their approach is a little aggressive at times, making it a little too much to take in at once, Glitterbug is full of tracks that prove there's no reason not to indulge in it.

60
NME
They’ll live or die by their singles, and ‘Glitterbug’ finds them in better-than-decent nick.
60
Sputnikmusic
Third LP ‘Glitterbug’ won’t do anything to change anyone’s opinion of The Wombats.
60
FasterLouder
The Wombats sound has grown and evolved – it’s time for their songwriting to do the same.
57
Pitchfork

With Glitterbug, the Wombats have repositioned themselves as more pained, serious characters, longing to get away from the life of excessive parties and settle into a meaningful relationship. At their worst, they degenerate into sleaze.

40
DIY
The Wombats feel far too comfortable sitting back in a comfort zone that has come to embody mediocrity.
40
musicOMH

It would be easy to suggest that the band’s sound has just aged badly during their prolonged time away, but their earlier material still holds up. The reality is that Glitterbug just doesn’t excite or leave any lasting impression.

30
Drowned in Sound
In all of this, it's not that any one song is outright horrific (okay, 'Pink Lemonade' is pretty unbearable), more that the entire experience is a chore.
30
PopMatters
On a record that sounds oddly located (from a 2015 perspective) in a place between 1970s dance pop and ‘80s chart gloss, they have gone for a halfway house that risks underwhelming their fan base but whose lack of quality song-writing is unlikely to bring many new fans into the Wombats’ world.
CLJesse
36

[RETURN TO MY PAST ~ EPISODE 18:]

I had been hoping this series would end with a bang but alas, I have absolutely no foresight.

Legit, I really wanted to have this grand finale of a review. Yet, Glitterbug leaves me with nothing. It's a soulless, empty, annoying, overproduced pop album that you've heard 6000 times before. It manages to be be irritating enough to wriggle its way into being outright bad rather than just mid. So, to make up for the lack of things to say about it, I'm just going ... read more

IEnjoyMusic
70

Spotify Adventures: Indie Pop 2010s #2

Before listening to this album, I only knew The Wombats from their biggest song, Greek Tragedy, and just barely, as my friend loves that song so I’ve only heard it from them. And going into this, I expected that to be the main track I take away from this. And it was, but there were some surprisingly good songs on here as well!

I guess my expectations may have been lowered at first, however, because this album has a bit of a rough start. ... read more

Felix_96
50

5/10

meh

Fav tracks: <none>

IEnjoyMusic
70

Spotify Adventures: Indie Pop 2010s #2

Before listening to this album, I only knew The Wombats from their biggest song, Greek Tragedy, and just barely, as my friend loves that song so I’ve only heard it from them. And going into this, I expected that to be the main track I take away from this. And it was, but there were some surprisingly good songs on here as well!

I guess my expectations may have been lowered at first, however, because this album has a bit of a rough start. ... read more

Toooooom
63

Glitterbug is alright, though doesn't connect with me too much. The lyrical themes don't interest me, and the instrumentation often bleeds into an overproduced mess. There are some great songs on here, such as Emoticons, or Pink Lemonade, but much of this album strikes me as just above average.

69420JMAN69420
80

This is absolutely nothing like what i expected it to be. It feels like a natural progression after This Modern glitch despite being so much different.
This album whilst probably the weakest of their first three yet is still a masterclass. It takes the brand new elements introduced in their sophomore album and enhances them into their own thing rather than mixing with something of a previous creation also.
Greek tragedy is easily my favourite on here, and for good reason. It's an incredible ... read more

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Added on: January 4, 2015