Los Campesinos

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Hold On Now Youngster (2008) , 6/10
We are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (2008), 6.5/10 (mini)
Romance Is Boring (2010), 5/10
Hello Sadness (2011), 5/10

British pop band Los Campesinos are at least jovial (only the Go Team got close). The EP Sticking Fingers Into Sockets (2007), the single The International Tweexcore Underground (2007) and the album Hold On Now Youngster (Arts & Crafts, 2008) boasted non-stop fun with a punkish verve (Death to Los Campesinos, and the hit You Me Dancing), something more akin to punk-pop bands such as the Fastbacks than to the moronic Brit-pop bands of the 1990s. Songs such as Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats and 2007 live on little more than juvenile frenzy. Others are so insistently hyper-kinetic that they border on the clownish (with intriguing results in at least one case, And We Exhale). This Is How You Spell Ha Ha Ha even resurrected the futuristic punk-pop of early Ultravox. As usual with Brit-pop albums, the amount of filler is discouraging, though.

A few months later they returned with the ten-song mini-album We are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (2008), as derivative as the debut, but also as effervescent and perhaps with less filler.

Romance Is Boring (2010) is impeccably produced and arranged, but unfortunately lacks good sonds. The catchy power-pop singles There Are Listed Buildings and Romance Is Boring are not really that catchy, and the various We've Got Your Back and In Media Res don't add much to their canon.

Hello Sadness (2011) is another album that should have been an EP, and maybe even just a single with By Your Hand and Songs About Your Girlfriend.

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