A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation

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A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
The Wombats - A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation.jpg
Studio album by The Wombats
Released 5 November 2007
Recorded Rockfield Studios, Monmouth, Wales
Electric Lady Studios, New York City, United States
Brick Lane, London, England
RAK Studios, London, England
Genre Indie rock, post-punk, new wave
Length 44:24
Label 14th Floor Records
Producer Stephen Harris, The Wombats, Jimmy Robertson
The Wombats chronology
Girls, Boys and Marsupials
A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
This Modern Glitch
Singles from A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation
  1. "Backfire at the Disco"
    Released: 9 April 2007
  2. "Kill the Director"
    Released: 25 June 2007
  3. "Let's Dance to Joy Division"
    Released: 8 November 2007
  4. "Moving to New York (re-release)"
    Released: 14 January 2008
  5. "Backfire at the Disco (re-release)"
    Released: 21 April 2008
  6. "Kill the Director (re-release)"
    Released: 7 July 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
LAUNCHcast (7/10)[5]
NME (7/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (5.9/10)[7]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[8]
stv.tv 3/5 stars[9]
This Is Fake DIY 4/5 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music UK 3.5/5 stars[11]

A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation is the first album to be released in Britain by British indie band The Wombats. It was released on 5 November 2007 on 14th Floor Records.[12] There is also a DVD to accompany the album which includes footage of them at the South by Southwest festival along with music videos from the band's recent singles. The album was recorded at the Rockfield Studios. The album managed to reach #11 in the UK Albums Chart. On the single for "Let's Dance to Joy Division" there is a B-side of "Derail and Crash" and a hidden track of the Fireman Sam theme song played by the band.

The album contains a pregap before track 1, which contains the band attempting to make wine glasses "ring" and extolling the virtues of beaujolais. It ends with them doing a faux advert for beaujolais: "Every day's a beau day when you drink... Beau-Jolais. *clink, slurp* Ahhh... Beau-jolais!"

The album has sold 335,361 copies in the UK as of April 2015.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Matthew Murphy, except where noted; all music composed by The Wombats, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Tales of Girls, Boys & Marsupials" (The Wombats) 1:10
2. "Kill the Director"   2:42
3. "Moving to New York"   3:31
4. "Lost in the Post"   3:06
5. "Party in a Forest (Where's Laura?)"   3:27
6. "School Uniforms"   3:14
7. "Here Comes the Anxiety"   2:31
8. "Let's Dance to Joy Division"   3:11
9. "Backfire at the Disco"   3:13
10. "Little Miss Pipedream"   4:12
11. "Dr. Suzanne Mattox PhD" (includes elements from the chorus of "Help Me, Rhonda", by the Beach Boys) 3:33
12. "Patricia the Stripper"   4:01
13. "My First Wedding" (hidden track; Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials piano instrumentation version) 6:38


  • Matthew Murphy – vocals, guitar, synthesizers, piano
  • Dan Haggis – backing vocals, drums, synthesizers, piano, stylophone, harmonica, melodica
  • Tord Øverland-Knudsen – backing vocals, bass, synthesizers, cello
  • Llangattock Primary School – kids choir on "Let's Dance to Joy Division"
  • Ian McNabb - banjo



  1. ^ "Reviews for A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation by The Wombats - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ [[[:Template:AlMusic]] AllMusic review]
  3. ^ Alex Fletcher. "The Wombats: 'A Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation'". Digital Spy. 
  4. ^ Leonie Cooper. "CD: The Wombats, A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation". the Guardian. 
  5. ^ "LAUNCHcast review". yahoo.com. 
  6. ^ NME.COM. "NME Reviews - The Wombats: A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation - NME.COM". NME.COM. 
  7. ^ "The Wombats". Pitchfork. 
  8. ^ Spin review
  9. ^ stv.tv review
  10. ^ This Is Fake DIY review
  11. ^ "Yahoo Celebrity UK". Yahoo. 
  12. ^ The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation at AllMusic
  13. ^ Jones, Alan (20 April 2015). "Official Charts Analysis: Paul Simon scores 6th No.1 with 15,487 sales". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 5 November 2015. (subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ a b c "A Guide To Love Loss & Desperation". acharts.us. 
  15. ^ "The Wombats". billboard.com. 
  16. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 - 2008". officialcharts.com. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – The Wombats – A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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