Dynamic and Fresh Tunes
The Wombats are back with another strong record, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, which is the first release in three years for the Liverpool-based indie rock band.
The album starts off with a track titled “Cheetah Tongue,” and it does a solid job of kicking off the record as a whole. It has a slightly different feel for The Wombats as a band, but it is a good type of different. When listening to it, it is difficult to not feel excited about what is to come on the rest of the album. Not to mention the lyrical structure is just as amazing as it usually is in a track by The Wombats. Overall, it is easy to say that “Cheetah Tongue” was a strong place to start.
As the album goes on, it continues to be just as good as the first note. One of the more standout tracks on the album is “Turn.” There are a few aspects of the song that stick out when listening to it. The first thing is the nostalgic feel the track gives the listener, which always makes for a good vibe on a track. The second thing is one of the best lyrics on the album, “I like the way your brain works.” It seems like such a simple line, but in the context of this song, it can make the listener feel a certain way, making it an instant classic for this album altogether.
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life does a really good job at providing the listener with a range of different sounds on each track, which is always refreshing on an entire album because it makes it easier to listen to on repeat. “White Eyes” is one of those tracks that is completely different from the songs preceding it, and even a little different from what The Wombats have released before. The track still possesses the quirkiness that comes with any song released by The Wombats, but with a slight twist to it. It has a more charged feel to the instrumentals that changes the feel of the track entirely. While it tends to stray from the norm for The Wombats, it is still an overall fun track to have on the album.
Right off the bat, “Out Of My Head” is sure to catch the attention of any listener with the catchy bass line it starts off with. The eeriness the bass line offers continues throughout the track, which is yet again another new vibe for the album. This track is definitely one of the stronger ones on the album as far as instrumentals go and the complexity of them. With each listen, the listener is sure to find another quirk in the music that stands out.
“Ice Cream” makes for a fun listen because of the dramatics and tempo change that occur during the chorus. The distorted guitar during the chorus is reminiscent of Arctic Monkeys, which is obviously a good thing because who doesn’t enjoy a good Arctic Monkeys vibe? Yet again, The Wombats did a good job of offering a song that the listener can find something new they love about it with each listen.
“I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do” marks the end of the album, but doesn’t fall short of being a solid track. It possesses a much more chill vibe than any song before it but is still very characteristic of The Wombats. Just as “Cheetah Tongue” was a good call to start the album with, “I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do” was the perfect fit to finish such a dynamic album on.