I think I am in love.
by Rachel Poe
On Friday, the Wombats released their fourth album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and I’ve been waiting for this for like 3 months and I WAS READY. I’ve been a causal Wombats fan for the past five or so years since they crept their way on to those “essential indie” playlists on 8tracks. What I love about them is that they take the topics often avoided by mainstream bands, even most indie bands, like mental health, and put a fun, quirky spin on it.
My hype for this has been building over the past couple of months as they have released four singles. All of which have had that same Wombats vibe that I was expecting from the album: quirky, make-no-sense lyrics with guitar riffs galore. The rest of Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life also lived up what I expected from a Wombats album. They had their mid-album ballad about mental health, “Out of My Head”, their second song was a ~banger~, “Lemon to a Knife Fight,” and their “love songs”, “Lethal Combination” and “I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do,” took the meaning to a whole new level. It was everything I wanted and more. And, honestly, I was totally satisfied with what I got after this two and a half years hiatus from their last album.
I would say that my one major critique of the album is that the chorus of the song “Ice Cream” sounds a little more like Arctic Monkeys than the Wombats. I do like the song, all things considering, but when I hear the chorus, I want to sing, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” It takes me out of the album for a moment.
Overall, I really love this album. It’s fun. If you’re looking for something different or even just some new songs to jump around to, I 10/10 recommend this album.
Top Tracks: “Turn, Out of My Head”