Fix Yourself, Not The World

The Wombats - Fix Yourself, Not The World
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Based on 10 reviews
2022 Ratings: #16 / 16
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Based on 130 ratings
2022 Ratings: #33
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Anyone surprised at the trio's continued success clearly hasn't been listening. Pop ambition, indie ideals and sonic experimentation: it's all here.

That ironic dissonance between self-love and self-loathing is what makes Fix Yourself, Not the World such a thrilling and thoughtful pop experience.

Perhaps it’s their captivating storytelling taking a psychological turn, or maybe it’s the way they’ve incorporated cutting edge electronica, pop and R&B elements into the melodic energies of classic new wave, alt-rock and indietronica, but, ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ is a record that will appeal. It is arguably their best work yet.

Not only does Fix Yourself, Not The World serve a purpose of filling up major venues, but The Wombats have shown what can be achieved when crisp, energetic pop songs and meaningful lyrics combine to keep hold of a generation of indie fans as well as gaining hordes of younger ones along the way.


An album that doesn’t push at any boundaries, but is designed to get their younger audience moving.

The Guardian

Fix Yourself, Not the World isn’t going to change the face of music, but nor is it going to do anything to impede the Wombats’ latter-day progress.

The Observer
Mostly the album settles for sprightly mediocrity, and is often quite pleasurable, if you define pleasure as the absence of pain.
‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ is a record where the bangers are lurking around the corners, and the band are listening to too much Joy Division but forgetting to dance.
Spectrum Culture
The main problem dogging what should have been an excellent album is that at no point does it sound like the three band members played the same song at the same time in the same room—because they didn’t.
No Ripcord
There is no excuse for accepting this level of mediocrity, and there is no fix that will remedy a problem like The Wombats.

This is a fine enough indie rock album, and I like some of the songs. But can we talk about “If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming with You?” It’s easily one of the most toxic songs I’ve ever heard, and while the instrumental isn’t bad, the lyrics evoke a serious uncomfortable air and are downright threatening. I genuinely can’t tell if the band made it intentionally creepy or if the songwriter is unintentionally waving his red flags around. It’s ... read more


If The wombats had a million fans, I am one of them. If The wombats had one fan, that fan is me. If The wombats had no fans, I would no longer be on Earth. If the world is againstThe wombats, I am against the world 🌎💚🍷


Leave it to the Wombats to provide filler for alternative radio stations around the world. It will forever be a mystery how this can even be considered 'alternative' as I personally have not heard such a generic pop-oriented brand of indie rock in quite a while. The quirky lyrics certainly do not help this complete snooze fest of an experience.


I was so paranoid they would pull a modest mouse and release their worst record yet. The paranoia wasn't entirely justified, but only about half the tracklist is worth keeping. Who gave "If you ever leave, I'm coming with you" the green light? I just wanna talk...


This is a solid effort by The Wombats that I have had on repeat since the other day, which bodes well for its replayability. This album is moderately loud and upbeat when it wants to be while also being more reserved and emotional in a few spots. I do not get bored while listening to it. I get lost in the vibe on this one.

On the title track, which is the closing track, we hear a call to be your own person as opposed to a pawn in someone else's game: "I don't wanna lose myself in someone ... read more


New artist for me, first impressions.

What. Is. This. Garbage. Took me until the 5th song to realize how unbearable this band is. Never have I heard a band try their hardest to give their songs gimmicks and hope it lands well or becomes a hit for how extra the songs are. This album is void of passion for music and is filled with visions of success out if their careers no matter what. This feels like a disingenuous way to make the most Pop sounding rock music I ever heard.

I don't know if ... read more

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Added on: May 17, 2021