A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation

The Wombats - A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2007 Ratings: #395 / 683
User Score
Based on 97 ratings
2007 Ratings: #103
Liked by 12 people
November 5, 2007 / Release Date
LP / Format
14th Floor / Label
Stephen Harris, The Wombats, Jimmy Robertson / Producer
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CLJesse
75

[RETURN TO MY PAST ~ EPISODE 16:]

Look, hear me out on this one. I do have a lot of nostalgia bias with quite a few of these songs, but I stand by the sentiment that this is a legitimately fun pop/indie rock album. There's fun hooks, good production, and the goofiness of the presentation lends itself to an overall charismatic listen. Guide isn't incredible or reinventing the wheel. but hopefully by the end of this review I can make a sufficient case for the record.

With that out of the way, I ... read more

Supertartory
89

There doesn't seem to be any real structure to my reviews, or how I review things. Sometimes I'll dig deep into an album's meaning, or I'll critique it more than usual, or I'll talk about how the album makes me feel or how it has affected me. You could try to gamble before each review: "oooh what review is this, let's see" bet on it why don't you. "Is this another 100?" It's become a kind of meme at this point with my constant 100s, which hasn't really stopped me from doing ... read more

Dombot
74

The 1975 but they actually know what they're doing.

With extremely tongue-in-cheek lyricism, unapoligetically cheesy themes of chasing crushes and taking as many drugs as humanly possible, and hilariously fun instrumental work, The Wombats' 2007 debut is a great example of indie pop done correctly. Is it stupid? Yes. Is it fun? Hell yes.

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Track List

  1. Tales of Girls, Boys & Marsupials
  2. Kill the Director
  3. Moving to New York
  4. Lost in the Post
  5. Party in a Forest (Where's Laura?)
  6. School Uniforms
  7. Here Comes the Anxiety
  8. Let's Dance to Joy Division
  9. Backfire at the Disco
  10. Little Miss Pipedream
  11. Dr. Suzanne Mattox PhD
  12. Patricia the Stripper
  13. My First Wedding
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Added on: March 10, 2015