Ever since The Wombats burst onto the music scene with their 2007 debut album A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, they have become an integral part of the UK indie-rock canon. Known for their upbeat, catchy numbers, the Liverpudlian trio have managed to maintain the momentum of their early success. With the release of latest album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, they show no signs of slowing down any time soon.
For months, the only taster from the album was lead single ‘Turn’, which seemed to hark back to the band’s This Modern Glitch days with its deceptively simple chorus and addictive hook. There are times when The Wombats’ delicately carved balance between pop and indie seems to tip more towards the former and ‘Turn’ is definitely representative of this. The album’s opening songs ‘Cheetah Tongue’ and ‘I Brought A Lemon To A Knife Fight’ seem to follow in the same style, yet the latter half of the album reveals a softer side to The Wombats, which is rarely seen.
Lead vocalist Matthew Murphy’s claim that he wanted the album to be ‘more organic’ comes to light with tracks such as ‘Lethal Combination’. At just over two minutes long, the song is the album’s hidden jewel. It is The Wombats at their best, refined and cut down to the bone, yet equally as catchy as more upbeat songs like ‘White Eyes’.
The album’s finale ‘I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do’ is the mature ending that has eluded the band for so long. Whilst there aren’t as many festival hits as previous albums, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is The Wombats at their most sophisticated.