Sunday, February 21, 2010

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring

"Now that we are twenty-three / Days tethered to the running track / Evenings chained to the dishrack"

This was bound to happen: Hold On Now, Youngster... was the soundtrack of life peak (call it adolescence), all high-speed and full energy, while in follow-up EP We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, it seemed like the end was near and they were turning up the volume even more, as to enjoy the last moments of a party about to close down. So, Romance is Boring had to be a new start and that's really what it is: in order words, here's the grown-up version of Los Campesinos!.
Harder, more serious, with a gloomy atmosphere felt from time to time, it's true that the once-in-a-lifetime-experience that was felt in their songs is lost, something which can come as a disappointment. On the other hand, we always knew that, above all, they were huge music lovers, and this new album is the one that best mirrors it, showing more thought and detail than ever before.
So their unique sense of vital urgency may be gone, but the pleasure of hearing new material from Los Campesinos! is still a fact, even if not in a more immediate way as before. Because extremely well crafted indie pop can never be a bad thing, especially when coming from these guys. (7/10)

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring (video)

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