AOTY 2023

Fix Yourself, Not The World

The Wombats - Fix Yourself, Not The World
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2022 Ratings: #745 / 807
User Score
Based on 332 ratings
2022 Ratings: #935
Liked by 19 people
January 14, 2022 / Release Date
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After an extended break and freak TikTok hit, the Wombats are back at their dance-rocking best on Fix Yourself, Not the World.


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

Anyone surprised at the trio's continued success clearly hasn't been listening. Pop ambition, indie ideals and sonic experimentation: it's all here.
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.

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

God Is in the TV

Offering a blend of danceable beats, atmospheric mellowness and tongue-in-cheek lyrics that cements their position as one of the most successful bands to come out of the UK indie scene.


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.


... the confidence from their viral success informing a more experimental soundscape.

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.
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.
‘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.
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.


Just when you thought this band couldn't get any worse you discover that these con-men scammed their fans out of thousands by creating nonsense NFT avatars and other garbage abandoned perks that is now worth next to nothing.

Dan Haggis: "I definitely don’t see our NFTs as an investment or a way for people to make money. It’s all about the music and computer game-esque experience we’ve hopefully created with Kollectiff."

If this was 'All about the music' how about ... read more


I was enjoying it when it first came out, but it slowly lost flavor. There's still enough to suck on though. Also fuck NFTs.


Album Name: Fix Yourself, Not the World
Album Artist: The Wombats
Favourite Song: People Don't Change, Time Does
Least Favourite Song:
Enjoyment Rating: 10/10
Album Rating: 9.7/10

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Added on: May 17, 2021