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A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation is the debut studio album by British rock band The Wombats. It was released on 5 November 2007 on 14th Floor Records. In between, there’s the Scouse parochialism of Penny Lane, the tempo of Ian Dury and The Blockheads and a love of stuffed marsupials that’s all. The Wombats' first album 'A Guide to Love Loss & Desperation' was a short-lived muse of mine back in 2007, and after hearing their latest album, I've dusted it off.

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The growing trend in post-millennial Brit-pop bands seems to favor embracing the style's inherent disposability. Rather than going for a -like arc of stylistic exploration, more and more U.K. Bands are shooting for that one great three-minute pop single that overshadows everything else they will ever do: the ' 'I Predict a Riot,' ' 'I Love You 'Cause I Have To,' ' 'Flathead,' 's 'Man, I Hate Your Band,' et-bloody-cetera. In the case of, the three-minutes pop single in question is 'Let's Dance to Joy Division,' a genuinely swell bit of tongue in cheek new wave revivalism that's by far the best part of the Liverpool trio's debut album. In the tradition of fellow Scousers the Scaffold or, there's a heavy dose of humor to, who started out as much an improv comedy/performance art act as they were a pop band. Indeed, the album starts with the nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is doo wop pastiche 'Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials' before righting itself with the spunky pop-punk of 'Kill the Director.'

Jokey material like the herky-jerky ode to schoolboy crushes 'School Uniforms' and the self-consciously smutty tale of unrequited love 'Patricia the Stripper' lowers the overall tone. It's not that there's anything wrong with humor in music --, one of ' most obvious touchstones, wrote some hilarious songs -- it's just that the funny songs are neither particularly side-splitting nor particularly tuneful. Songs like 'Backfire at the Disco' balance the yuks with catchier melodies and less of a sense that these guys are one step away from putting on moose-antler hats and giant sunglasses.

The Wombats may surprise us all and turn out to be a band for the ages (did anyone really think would turn out to be one of the great songwriters of his generation the first time they heard 'Loser'?), but the just-for-a-larf vibe of A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation suggests otherwise. ~ Stewart Mason.

The growing trend in post-millennial Brit-pop bands seems to favor embracing the style's inherent disposability. Rather than going for a -like arc of stylistic exploration, more and more U.K. Bands are shooting for that one great three-minute pop single that overshadows everything else they will ever do: the ' 'I Predict a Riot,' ' 'I Love You 'Cause I Have To,' ' 'Flathead,' 's 'Man, I Hate Your Band,' et-bloody-cetera. The Fray Scars And Stories Download Deluxe. In the case of, the three-minutes pop single in question is 'Let's Dance to Joy Division,' a genuinely swell bit of tongue in cheek new wave revivalism that's by far the best part of the Liverpool trio's debut album. In the tradition of fellow Scousers or, there's a heavy dose of humor to, who started out as much an improv comedy/performance art act as they were a pop band. Indeed, the album starts with the nowhere near as clever as it thinks it is doo wop pastiche 'Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials' before righting itself with the spunky pop-punk of 'Kill the Director.'