Rating: 3.5 of 5
After the release of their sophomore album, The Wombats are already making a huge splash in the music scene. Everybody’s talking about this group, professional critics and music-lovers alike. This Modern Glitch is proof that The Wombats have already matured in their sound since their first release, and are more willing to open up to a wide array of instruments and styles. The album consists of merely ten songs, but not a second is wasted in telling their stories of humor, depression, and a plethora of other experiences.
The fact that their sophomore album is less spastic and childlike than the previous album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, is both a positive and a negative. Personally, I loved the off-the-wall erratic nature of their first album, and was sad to see the new one so toned down. Contrarily, since the new CD is less in your face, it gives us the chance to hear that this band has more to offer than just poppy dance club anthems.
For a trio, these guys have plenty of power behind them. In “Jump Into the Fog,” the compelling background vocals placed against atmospheric synth lines help create larger than life sensations, making The Wombats sound like a ten piece band rather than three. Also, “Techno Fan” is a perfect example of the new larger sound. Still sounding like a driving synth-pop band, they manage to bring an undefinable twist to this song, causing me to hit repeat each time the song ends.
“But if these words won’t drop from your lips, I will be your freudian slip.” The Wombats are known for their quirky and clever lyrics, and This Modern Glitch provides ample lines like the one above. Some of the songs’ contents are more comedically based, such as “Girls/Fast Cars,” which is a satire about the band embracing their own shallowness. Others, however, deal with more serious issues, such as “Anti-D,” a song about Matthew Murphy’s, the band’s singer, battle with depression, and the medication that was prescribed to him to “battle” the issue.
Displayed across the album cover, it reads that The Wombats “Proudly Present” this record, and if I were them, I would most likely feel the same way. Highlights include “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)”, “Techno Fan”, and “Walking Disaster”. It’s a solid album and, although not as bouncy and fun-loving as their first, full of excitement and highly quotable lyrics.
Matthew Fox lives in Nashville, TN. He drives a Jeep, frequently looks up cute pictures of animals online, and once won $15 off a lottery ticket. An archive of his blog posts can be found at foxtalks.wordpress.com.
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