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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: 14th Floor
  • ASIN: B000TZGQKE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Liverpool's The Wombats release their debut album, having had three singles via the indie label Kids.
Featuring the hit singles "Kill The Director" and "Let's All Dance TO Joy Division".

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By now you will have probably heard of The Wombats--in particular their heavily rotated singles like "Let's Dance to Joy Division" (a song title that’s difficult to forget, or ignore) and ("Kill the Director"). Comprised of two Liverpudlians and a Norwegian, The Wombats--as their name and track titles suggest--indulge in a highly addictive type of ‘novelty-rock’ that’s edgy, well-produced--and more seriously infectious than that label would suggest. A Guide to Love ..., their debut album, is crammed to the rafters with fast-paced, catchy rock songs that offer wry lyrics and memorable sing-a-long choruses, and are fully intended to make you leap around the dancefloor. Think of Franz Ferdinand and the Kaiser Chiefs jamming with The Monkees and you won’t be far wrong. The album is surprisingly diverse though, ranging from the barbershop jam "Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials" to the disco beats of "Backfire at the Disco" and the catchy hooks of "Patricia the Stripper". Where this high-octane trio will go after such a cheery, brave opening gambit is anyone’s guess. Best to enjoy these jerky pop japes while they last. --Danny McKenna

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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 April 2015
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The Wombats' first album 'A Guide to Love Loss & Desperation' was a short-lived muse of mine back in 2007, and after hearing their latest album, I've dusted it off recently, and stil enjoy it.

This Liverpool based indie-rock band sure knew how to make fun, quirky and optimistic music. The big hits, 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' (written by lead singer Matthew Murphy about the night he and his girlfriend danced on a table to 'Love Will Tear Us Apart') by Joy Division and 'Moving To New York' are just so addictive, particularly the latter. Whilst I do still maintain that those two songs, and the other single 'Backfire at the Disco', are the real highlights here, the whole album is still great fun to put on and dance to.

If you enjoy indie-pop bands like The Kooks and The Fratellis, 'Guide to Love Loss & Desperation' will definitely be you're cup of tea.

The deluxe edition: The Wombats Proudly Present..A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation + DVD, comes with a bonus DVD, which includes footage of the band at the South by Southwest festival, along with the music videos for the singles.
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With the current `rebellion' against the whole commercial indie pop rock movement, or whatever the `cool' are referring to it as this month, it would be easy to jump on the band wagon and give this album a torrent of criticism. However I found that I couldn't help but enjoy the debut offering from this scouse three-piece.

As you would expect from producer Stephen Harris, whose previous work includes Kula Shaker's `K' and Dave Matthew's Band's `Busted Stuff', this album seems to flow effortlessly between tight guitar riffs and cleverly placed harmonies track after track. From the opener `Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials', a 70 second track of A cappella repetitive, yet elegant vocals, you get a taster that this could be something interesting. This is followed by the band's first hit `Kill the Director' which, for all the over indulgence it took on our airwaves over the summer, I couldn't help but sing along to and tap my feet with, hopefully in time to energetic drumming!

The sound of the band seems to follow that very well trodden path of a number of the hard working British acts at the moment. But then this comes as no surprise from a band that has supported both the Kaiser Chiefs and Babyshambles. Front man Matthew Murphy's narrative lyrics tell the tales of an upbringing which in some cases, for example `School Uniforms' which tells us of Murphy's first interest in the opposing sex, the listener can relate to. Murphy mixes it up a bit though with stories that perhaps, are not to relative to the audience, like `Moving to New York' which was written after he saw his girlfriend of the time kiss another woman in a nightclub. These words and rhymes all seem to be well complimented by happy little guitars and keyboards, of Murphy's composition, throughout.
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By tallpete33 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2008
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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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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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I like The Wombats, and in particular this CD, but for whatever reason this CD doesn't work when I try to import it on to my laptop or play through my games console. Works fine in car CD player, but won't work in laptop. Which is annoying as I bought it to put into my iPhone.
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