Apparently you can teach a Wombat to play a synthesizer

Play them off, keyboard wombat!

Play them off, Keyboard Wombat!

… ’cause that’s the most noticeable upgrade to the Wombats’ sound on their new, better-than-I-thought-it-would-be album This Modern Glitch. The cheeky sense of humor and knack for impressively catchy hooks they displayed on their excellent 2007 debut A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation are both still firmly intact, but in the last four years, these Liverpudlians apparently listened The Killers’ Hot Fuss a LOT, because that album’s brand of anthemic, synth-heavy dance rock is in full effect here.

The Wombats, This Modern GlitchNot that it’s a bad thing at all: the bigger, bolder soundscape gives jaunty singles like “Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)” and “Jump Into The Fog” even more earworm possibilities, and the expanded palette even finds the boys dabbling in balladry¬†like “Anti-D.” This Modern Glitch is a nice surprise and a consistently good time. “Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)” is definitely in the running for my best of ’11 mix:

Like what you hear? Head to Amazon MP3 and download This Modern Glitch.