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

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

5 Nov 2007
4.1 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Nov. 2007
  • Release Date: 6 Aug. 2008
  • Label: 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 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,877 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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