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The Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css
Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssGirl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css
Vinyl Junkie../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css
2006
B-



generally ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csspeaking, when an up../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstart indie band find../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css them../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csselve../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css characterized in relation to “the world”—a../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css in “Thi../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css i../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css the mo../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst promi../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssing indie-rock band in the world right now”—it’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css more an expre../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssion of the hyperbolic nature of their clo../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssed-circuit fanba../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csse than of any actual global appeal. The Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, however, are one of tho../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csse rare exception../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css to the rule; de../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csspite only being at the ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstage in their career where they’re playing ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssX../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssW ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csshowca../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csse../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css and ba../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssking in the reflected glory of their ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssingle../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css receiving daytime airplay in their native Britain, they’ve already toured the Far Ea../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst exten../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssively, including one ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csshow in China which drew ten thou../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssand rabid fan../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css. Oh, and if their debut album Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css i../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css any indication, they may actually be the mo../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst promi../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssing indie-rock band in the world.

In light of the effort I’m about to put forward in advocacy of Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, it’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css important to note right off the bat that it’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css not a document of the Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css’ realization of their potential—in fact, it’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css pretty much the exact oppo../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssite. Recorded in a matter of week../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css for the Japane../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csse boutique label Vinyl Junkie../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css contain../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css an unavoidable amount of exactly what you’d expect from a band of early twenty-../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssomething../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css hurriedly making a record intended for relea../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csse half a world away from their peer group: filler.

The band only ever manage../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css to really realize their potential on the actual ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssingle../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css (“Moving to New York,” “Lo../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst in the Po../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst,” and “Backfire @ The Di../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssco,” all which rank along../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csside the be../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst work by Bloc Party or the Futurehead../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css). The re../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst of the track../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css either venture into territory which the Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css aren’t quite equipped to productively explore yet (the lilting ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstalker-pop of “Little Mi../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css Pipedream”) or outright fail to recognize their own limitation../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css. (Five minute../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css’ worth of “Metro ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssong”? Really?) At lea../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csst three-quarter../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css of Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css can be de../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csscribed a../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css wholly unnece../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssary, and you’d be forgiven for deleting it immediately upon importing it to your iTune../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css.

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Given the gro../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css inability of Vinyl Junkie../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css to meet the demand for Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css (the album’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css already gone through ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csseveral re-pre../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssing../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, due in no ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssmall part to the unrelenting voracity of Briti../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssh importer../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css), it’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css impo../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssible to turn a blind eye toward../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css the Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css’ future: they’re a dead certainty to relea../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csse a “proper” debut album helmed by a “proper” producer which come../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css off a../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css exponentially ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csslicker and more cohe../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssive than their Japan-only fre../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csshman effort. Ca../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssual fan../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css who uncritically like the Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssingle../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css they’ve heard would probably be well-advi../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssed to wait for that album; Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css i../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssn’t a cheap import, and it’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css hard to ju../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstify buying when only three or four ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssong../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css are truly great.

Then again, I happen to like the idea of the Wombat../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css a../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css a band; I find their “Po../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstcard Record../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css rock../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css out” approach ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupernaturally ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssati../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssfying, and there’../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css more than enough of it ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csspread over Girl../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css, Boy../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css & Mar../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssupial../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css’ forty-three minute../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css to ju../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstify confronting their limitation../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css a../../reviews/the-wombats/s.css a young band every time I cue the album up. You could even ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.cssay I’m taking the opportunity to do ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csso while I ../../reviews/the-wombats/s.csstill can.



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