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  • Summary: The debut album from the three-piece from Liverpool, England.
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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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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. Aug 8, 2014
    9
    There are no words to describe how much I relate to this entire album. This album made me feel like I am in high school again in just 44 minutes.

    This is the best debut album from any artist I have ever heard in a long time since John Newman's Tribute album. This album had this pop-rock sound that I absolutely loved and even if the lyrics are sad it makes me happy.

    I relate to the songs that The Wombats' lead vocalist is singing about. I could relate his struggles even though I did not experience it yet. The lyrics are also funny as well and this rarely happens to me.

    I think my only complaint that while I like all the songs and it has a deeper story in it, the tracklist in the middle seemed like a collection of songs they wrote with no plot if you listen to the album in its order but this is easily overlooked for me because I love this album and its songs in it and each song has a story in it so it's fine.

    This is the best album I have ever heard in a long time and I think it's safe to say that I am a Wombats fan and that I will check out their other album soon.
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  2. 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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  3. 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

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