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  • Summary: The debut album from the three-piece from Liverpool, England.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
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  1. The album, like their live set, is shot through with fun, infectious wit and a desire to create perfect pop while not taking themselves too seriously.
  2. The trio can't sustain this energy and inventiveness over the entire album.
  3. By total accident they seem to have stumbled upon the perfect formula for the indie-rock disco anthem, and for this they should be lauded.
  4. A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation is by no means a bad album, but at the same time it’s hard to see just what all the fuss is about.
  5. This debut has enough catchy cheap thrils. [Dec 2007, p.124]
  6. Their debut album may not be breaking any new ground in the world of rock'n'roll, but the three-piece don't half know their way around a catchy melody.
  7. It's basically the same stuff over and over again, but never with the same impact as the first three. [Summer 2008, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. AngeloF.
    Dec 10, 2007
    10
    This is a great CD. Great songs, I can see them reach highest positions in the charts.
  2. Julian
    Jan 5, 2008
    9
    Although it's not original they stand out for writing songs miles ahead from the many indie bands for the masses, just check out Moving from New York and the obvious hit single Let's dance to joy Division...(among others) instant classics, awesome fun release. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2013
    9
    Wow! What a stand out of an album. Catchy, fun, exciting and gives the listener a want for dance! A great take on the Indie Punk Genre.

    Top Songs!
    Kill the Director
    Let's Dance to Joy Division
    School Uniforms
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  4. AlvaG.
    Dec 11, 2007
    8
    This album is full of wit, spunk, great riffs, catchy lyrics and back vocals. Obviously, The Wombats don't reinvent pop rock but they sure do a heck of job to make it fun to listen and party too. This is the type of album that grows on you and gives instant credibility to the band in the indie scene. The album has great potential singles across the board. Let's hope that this gets out to the masses. Expand
  5. Jan 15, 2011
    8
    Fantastic album. It's got the spirit and melodies that alot of indie bands are missing these days. It's almost impossible not to dance along to tracks such as 'Let's dance to joy division' and 'Kill the Director'. This cd is great, because it has those tracks you love at first listen (Moving to New York), and then a couple which grow on you till they're your faves (Patricia the Stripper), though it also has a couple of fillers (Lost in the Post, Party in the Forest), all the tracks are fun and energetic. Notably, every song has a topic that is completely uncliche, which makes for an interesting listen Expand
  6. PACMusic
    Dec 24, 2007
    4
    Bandwagon Indie Rock I
  7. GuyH
    Dec 7, 2007
    0
    Worst new band of the year! Awful. 'We're mad and energetic and youthful us' - great for you, now try writing a song that doesn't make me want to chew off my own tongue! Expand