Review: Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life
Since 2007, Liverpudlian trio The Wombats have well-established their distinctive sound; lacing dark, yet relatable themes, amidst catchy choruses and dance-worthy riffs.
Whilst the start of the record is loaded with sing-along bangers like Cheetah Tongue, Lemon to a Knife Fight and Black Flamingo, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life feels somewhat more relaxed than its predecessors. Songs such as I Only Wear Black and Dip You In Honey are slow and somewhat repetitive, but the final dreamy contemplation that is I Don’t Know Why I Like You But I Do redeems the album.
Lyrically, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is quirky, with hard-hitting lines about circumstances many people can relate to. The common themes of dysfunctional relationships, getting blackout drunk and party drugs have carried all three of the The Wombat’s past albums, and are vibrantly present in their latest record.
Although Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life isn’t groundbreaking for The Wombats, the album does provide several new tracks to blast on repeat.