The Wombats have really outdone themselves, not to anyone’s surprise, however. If you’ve been a fan of the Liverpudlian trio for any amount of time, you’ll have seen firsthand that Murph, Tord, and Dan are an unstoppable indie force that isn’t to be reckoned with.
Since the release of the band’s last record Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, the boys have gone on to play across the world, conquer TikTok, and release bundles of music within individual projects. The hammer of the 2020 pandemic put a spanner in the works for the traditional way of writing and recording new music, so with the band separated between three different countries, The Wombats began to write music, send ideas, and develop one of the band’s most successful entries to date.
Fix Yourself, Not The World!, The Wombats’ first UK number 1 album, really deserves all the praise it gets. Thematically, the record holds a nice message, which I imagine is a direct result of it being a lockdown album, but it works really well and all the more tightens up the stories within the album. Musically, the LP comes together astonishingly well. It feels incredibly fresh and coherent, and trust me, pops off harder when played live. I was lucky to hear the album played in full a week early at Pryzm in Kingston, and for an album written and recorded entirely separated within a pandemic, Fix Yourself… was born for a live setting.
It all kicked off with lead single “Method To The Madness,” followed by “If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You,” which you can read all about here, I won’t repeat myself. Every track on the album, though, packs a punch that blends with your brain to enforce this feeling of positivity and forward momentum. Maybe it’s the production, maybe it’s the message, or maybe it’s just because it’s one of the first big albums of 2022 to drop into our laps. Whatever it is, I’m addicted to the cure that is Fix Yourself, Not The World.
I wanted to be all cool and tell you all of my favourite tracks that I think are worth your time to get you into the album as quickly as possible, but sadly, the album’s just too good. So, I’m going to stray from the album’s singles as you’re more likely to have been exposed to them already.
“Flip Me Upside Down”, “People Don’t Change People, Time Does” and “Worry” are absolutely the underdogs currently. I swear they’ve laced these tracks with illegal substances for my playtime and money, but frankly, if it’s working, then fair play to ‘em. My favourite off the album at the moment, though, has to be “Don’t Poke The Bear.” The catchiness and bedrock of a vibe that keeps this track moving just melts my ears and, well, rocks my socks off.
Fix Yourself, Not The World is a great album, crafted so well with a lot of love and effort. The finished product is a brilliant demonstration of The Wombats still having that knack for being one of the most versatile indie bands of today. I’ll be listening to this album for years to come by the looks of things, and I’m more than happy to keep it on repeat. Starting 2022 off with a bang, I suggest you all start streaming this corker of an album before future-you gets all the bragging points of discovering it.
Listen to Fix Yourself, Not The World on Spotify here, and catch The Wombats on tour in various locations throughout the year!