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Album Review: The Wombats – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
The Wombat's fourth album is a solid effort despite occasional detours into disappointment, reviews Amelia Hiller
The Wombats teased the release of Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life with the release of four singles, beginning with ‘Lemon to a Knife Fight’ back in November. It’s the lead single in the album, and for good reason. Catchy and punchy, I couldn’t stop listening to it and had it on repeat for a solid month. It was written almost immediately following Matthew Murphy (lead vocals) had an argument with his wife, and reflects his inability to win. Ultimately, it’s a song about the fight or flight response and whether it’s more sensible to stand up for yourself or to just accept defeat. When you listen to the lyrics, the song is rather intense though it still manages to retain the Wombat’s peppy sound in its recognisable guitar riff at the beginning, and the memorable vocals throughout.
“Murphy stated that ‘Turn’ was ‘a beautiful mistake’ as he had intended this album to be far more ‘organic’ and contain less electronic synth
The Wombats released ‘Cheetah Tongue’ in January, and it was an immediate hit for me. The lyrics don’t make much sense, but Murphy provided some much-needed clarity stating that the track is about attempting to deal with the pressures of adulthood and emotional maturity, but ‘failing miserably’ (which most of us can probably relate to). ‘Cheetah Tongue’ is exactly my type of music, and by far my favourite on the album. By releasing this, I think I gathered quite high expectations of what Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life would be like. By comparing the rest of the songs on the album to this one, I feel I’ve disappointed myself. In my opinion, the overall quality of this album doesn’t meet that of 2015’s Glitterbug, though ‘Cheetah Tongue’ was the one track which truly stood out for me as being one of the band’s most catchy songs so far.
“It’s quirky in a different way to the band’s older music, showing how the trio have matured in the music they produce since their formation in 2003
This theme is continued throughout the rest of the album, particularly on ‘I Only Wear Black’. ‘Lethal Combination’ was again different to what the band have produced before, but is far more upbeat than the album’s slower songs, breaking the album up successfully. I’d describe it as very quirky, with feel-good lyrics and a catchy beat. Arguably, without the inclusion of this track, the album would’ve been too weighed down by more melancholic or thought-provoking lyrics, which just isn’t what I see The Wombats as being about. It’s odd to observe their lyrics becoming more meaningful than lively, and to hear the pace of their music slowing down slightly. This isn’t true of every song in their album, though I think listeners can certainly find a shift in the trio’s musical agenda on Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.
“It’s odd to observe their lyrics becoming more meaningful than lively
The Wombats will play 02 Institute Birmingham on 23rd March.