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Proudly Present....A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation

6 Aug 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Label: 14th Floor Records
  • Copyright: 2007 14th Floor Records
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  • Total Length: 42:20
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  • ASIN: B001UEVZTA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,782 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tallpete33 TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
I gambled on this CD, only having listened to Moving to New York on XFM...

Glad I did to be honest as it's a very honest and uplifting CD, one of the best I've heard since Snow Patrol's "Final Straw" and Hard-Fi's "Stars of CCTV". If you need a guide as to their sound, think the Arctics stirred with Blur and add a dash of Julian cope (Teardrop Explodes - ask your dad!)

The afore-mentioned Moving to New York is a superb single, with great guitars one of the album's rocking tracks. Let's Dance to Joy Division brings back memories and always raises a smile. There are some weaker tracks but overall there are a varied ensemble of original and lively songs on offer here.

Only a three-piece, the Wombats deliver a bigger sound than you'd think though they don't take themselves too seriously which is refreshing. There is every chance these cheeky chappies can mature into a successful indie-rock band and they shouldn't feel the need to be the next Arctic Monkeys....just be themselves. I will certainly look out for the next offering though their record label would no doubt have preferred a more edgy name!

Four stars...well deserved
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich Cejer on 3 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have know of the Wombats for a considerable amount of time and was particularly looking foward to the debut album. I was not to be let down. The band's lead singer, Matthew Murphy has a Liverpudlian accent that any up and coming singer from the north west would die for. The distinctive tracks of the album certainly are Kill The Director, Backfire At The Disco and of course indie anthem Let's Dance To Joy Division. However, one track that struck me was the Track No. 1 'Tales Of Girls, Boys And Marsupials' which is a short, simple melody involving fellow members: Dan Haggis and Tord Øverland-Knudsen also singing. It's a track that shows the trio didn't go to music college for nothing. This is truly an album that will amaze you, full of catchy pop love tunes that you will be singing for many weeks to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Pearson on 7 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Believe the hype!
I, like a lot of people who will be checking out this album, had only previously heard "Let's Dance to Joy Division." When I heard this I immediately loved it. Then I went to see The Enemy and The Wombats were supporting them. They are a brilliant live band and songs such as "Lost in the Post" and "Kill The Director" really stood out, even thought I had only ever heard them live that one time.
I bought the album the day it came out and haven't stopped listening since! Personally I think the standout tracks are:

Let's Dance to Joy Division
Kill The Director
Lost in The Post
and the brilliant Moving to New York.

The catchy tunes and great lyrics (this is another song about a gender I'll never understand) make this a great album and, despite being pretty mainstream indie, does have that little bit extra to make it standout as one of the true great debut albums.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. S. Mellor on 7 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
The album is very solid, fun and witty. Ive heard people complain about their lyrics saying they are simple, but look at The Beatles, nobody said 'Please Please Me' was simple, they are simply good songs that even me, who hates commercial pop and anything that is remotely like Snow Patrol can love a band like The Wombats. After being a fan for over 2 years ive heard most of the tracks already but there's still so many good songs to keep it refreshing, for now! I don't think this album will be in my CD player for more than a month though, I don't want to overplay it because i think it may end up grating on me. I wish they could release some of the songs that didn't get on the album as a kind of EP next year. 'Little Miss Pipedream' is great. 9/10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Yates on 5 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've been an avid marsupial for about 18 months, during which the band have greatly improved to get to where they are today - releasing their first UK album. I have the Japanese album and thanks to that and a few gigs, I have heard all the songs on this album and they are all absolutely fantastic. My personal favourite on this disc is Lost in the Post, although special mentions have to go to the two recent singles, Kill the Director and Let's Dance to Joy Division, as well as the darker, but still wonderful Here Comes the Anxiety. The one problem with this album is that many of we long-term fans already have most of these songs, but if you've never bought any Wombats before, or even if you have, this is well worth getting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 14 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
Finally decided to get with the times and download my cds to my laptop (for personal use). First "track" is silent, about halfway through the second track you get a bit of talking, then the what is supposed to be first track kicks in. The talking isn't heard during normal cd playback. The whole album when downloaded is two minutes plus out of sync. I guess this is an attempt to combat piracy, but the result is you need a walkman to listen to the album on the move, though I'm sure that walkmans were already pretty much obselete when this album was released.

There's two listings for this album, it's possible the later release doesn't have this built in problem.
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By A. Bond on 24 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is one of those records you listen to and find yourself thinking you already know the songs, such is the quality of this quirky indie-pop album. Amidst an orgy of harmonies, dancefloor-ready beats and dirty guitar riffs, the quality of the wombats' melody writing shines through, with a large quantity of songs that would sit comfortably in the top 20 of the charts.

Aside from the three popular singles from the album, (kill the director, let's dance to joy division and moving to new york) you can find quality catchy melodies on several stand out tracks, including barbershop opener "tales of girls...", dirty and bouncing pop track "school uniforms" and mandatory slow song turned sing-along anthem "here comes the anxiety." However, every album has its down-points (reference the clear album fillers "lost in the post" and "my first wedding."

Apart from the couple of disappointing tracks, the album's flaws in some ways make it the individual and imperfectly great record it is. Although the voice is not particularly strong, it suits the music well (similarly the guitar sound is not perfect, but somehow it only makes the music sound better) and whilst it lacks the perfect production we have come to expect on pop songs now, it sounds fresher than the majority of boyband/girlband/reality-show-winner type of stuff that plagues the radios (which i am sure is what was intended by the producer in the first place.)

To sum up, if you enjoy your music with harmonies galore and melodies to match but are sick of the perfect clean pop that dominates the charts, then this is the album for you. Nevertheless, be prepared to hum tunes you think everyone knows on the bus whilst every little-miss rihanna gives you the gaze which says "what the hell are you humming freak?"
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