Review: Glitterbug by the Wombats

Glitterbug by the WombatsGlitterbug is glossy. Glitterbug is very glossy. It’s not just because of the title – the Wombats’ third record revolves, supposedly, around a fictional woman, and is very much informed by their move from Liverpool to Los Angeles – but because of the whole glam-pop vibe. That, however, has left me a bit confused. The tug-of-war between the band’s earlier sound and the one they’re aspiring towards should be interesting, but it’s left me feeling bland. There are some interesting things – “Be Your Shadow” pulses; “Isabel” shines in earnest; “The English Party” gets rowdy like its the 1990s – but the rest are torn between jumpy pop and something that should feel a bit more informed. I could say the band’s not quite ready for the plunge the change of setting offers them, but I could also say that the Wombats are still feeling their way around this. Too bad it’s resulted in an album that’s decent, yet stuck in limbo. [NB]3/5

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