With song titles like, “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” and “School Uniforms,â€ the new Wombats album is tailor-made for instant indie buzz. Plus, itâ€™s got two English boys from Liverpool plus one Norwegian, so itâ€™s even got the DNA for blog love. Well, although itâ€™s not an instant classic, Iâ€™m happy to report that â€œA Guide to Loveâ€ is a fun, hooky, dancerock debut. Listen to it all the way through and it can get a bit formulaicâ€”itâ€™s clearly commercialized indie rockâ€”but thereâ€™s enough goodness here to make it worth your time. Many of the songs here were first released independently as EPs and singlesâ€”and it sounds like it. More of a collection than a record, the band hits more often than it misses. The lead single, “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” is bouncy and tightâ€”a perfect single. â€œHere Comes The Anxietyâ€ is full of riffy Killers angst. And so on. Thereâ€™s nothing surprising here, but thereâ€™s lots of tunes perfect for a road trip with a rolled-down window and a cool breeze.
For fans of: Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs, Art Brut.