Album of the Day
Native to England rather than Australia, indie rock trio The Wombats met as students at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in 2003. The third proper album from frontman Matthew Murphy, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis, GLITTERBUG draws inspiration from '80s synth-pop and '90s Brit-pop on energetic originals including “Emoticons,” “Your Body Is a Weapon” and “Greek Tragedy” (the latter recently remixed to great success on TikTok). While the hooks are catchy and plentiful, Murphy's lyrics are just as noteworthy, offering sharp-eyed millennial character studies that are both poignant and funny. GLITTERBUG was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. and the band's first album to make the Billboard 200 in the U.S., and the Deluxe Edition of the 2015 collection adds bonus tracks “Sex and Question Marks” and “Flowerball” to the party.