The Wombats – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

The Wombats – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 37:41 minutes | 489 MB | Genre: Indie Pop, Pop Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © The Wombats

The Wombats’ gift of making indie pop sound fresh and effortless continues unabated on its fourth album. Guitars shine like mirror balls, rhythms invite fresh dance-floor poses, and sky-high vocal melodies inspire the kind of sing-alongs that ensure you extra space on the bus. Their penchant for clever wordplay might cause head scratches—cue “Lemon to a Knife Fight” and “Out of My Head” for prime examples—but make perfect sense in The Wombats’ world.

The Wombats are the best early-’90s Brit-pop band you’ve never heard. At least that’s the overriding vibe on their fourth studio album, 2018’s Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rationale) and Catherine Marks (the Killers, Wolf Alice), the album features much of what has endeared the Liverpool trio to fans; especially vocalist/guitarist Matthew Murphy’s literate, tongue-in-cheek self-awareness, which remains firmly intact. “You could give an aspirin the headache of its life,” he croons on the opening “Cheetah Tongue.” Musically, the band is in crisp from, delving into a swirling batch of post-punk-tinged anthems, many punctuated by Murphy’s wiry guitars, drummer Dan Haggis’ kinetic rhythms, and bassist Tord Øverland-Knudsen’s driving, club-ready bass grooves. On the best of these tracks, the Wombats excel, delivering psychedelia-infused jams that are equal parts White Album-era Beatles and Modern Life Is Rubbish-era Blur. That “Dip You in Honey” sounds like XTC doing a mash-up of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows” and Roxette’s “The Look” feels utterly, divinely intentional. Elsewhere, “Cheetah Tongue” borrows from U2’s Achtung Baby, much in the same way U2 borrowed from their Madchester contemporaries back in the ’90s. Similarly, tracks like “Lemon to a Knife Fight” and “Black Flamingo” have a punky, off-kilter, new wave vibe that brings the Pixies to mind. – Matt Collar

1-01. The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue (03:39)
1-02. The Wombats – Lemon to a Knife Fight (03:25)
1-03. The Wombats – Turn (03:27)
1-04. The Wombats – Black Flamingo (03:20)
1-05. The Wombats – White Eyes (04:13)
1-06. The Wombats – Lethal Combination (02:38)
1-07. The Wombats – Out of My Head (03:02)
1-08. The Wombats – I Only Wear Black (03:11)
1-09. The Wombats – Ice Cream (03:44)
1-10. The Wombats – Dip You in Honey (03:08)
1-11. The Wombats – I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do (03:49)


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