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Los Campesinos - Romance Is Boring (2010) Retail CD
Alternative/ Indie Rock
Alternative Pop/ Rock
Los Campesinos! third album, 2010ís Romance Is Boring, attempts to be an amalgamation of their first two records, blending the head-long rush of energy that was Hold on Now, Youngster with the thoughtful, somewhat morose heaviness of the difficult second album, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. It seems like a wise move on paper, but it doesnít work out on the record. Romance Is Boring is an over-cooked, under-performing album that ultimately falls short of their first two efforts, and sounds like the work of a band that isn't really enjoying making records anymore. The reasons for the album'smore… failure can be placed squarely in the lap of Tom and Gareth Campesinos!. Tom wrote the music, and while it seems energetic on the surface, itís a hollow kind of energy that feels like the memory of energy instead of the real thing. Most of the songs either sound like second-hand versions of better songs from the previous albums, or experiments that donít really work. Sure, itís hard to do anything too shocking after two albums, but the lack of interesting ideas is a major let-down. With the addition of some good lyrics or melodies from Gareth, the record could probably have been saved. Alas, his words are teenage diary entries at best; shockingly bad at worst (ďWe need more post-coital/and less post-rockĒ). His need to be poetic and obscure at all costs means the songs are jammed with words that tumble and stumble out of his mouth with little regard to rhythm or the song. His shouting, off-kilter voice is annoying more often than charming on Romance too, which is a different experience from the first two records. Even Aleksí sweetly crooned vocals arenít enough to make the singing on the album palatable. The band also made the interesting and unfortunate decision to forgo hooks and catchy choruses, for the most part. While there are a few tracks that nearly work, the title track is the only song that really sticks because there is an actual singalong chorus with some guts behind it. Letís save a little blame, too, for producer John Goodmanson, who takes all the elements the group jams into their songs and flattens them out sonically into a kind of monochromatic paste. It would be too optimistic to hope that the band would have ever made a record as vital and thrilling as Hold on Now, itís just too bad that theyíve sunk to the level of bland irrelevance so quickly.
|1||In Medias Res|
|2||There Are Listed Buildings|
|3||Romance Is Boring|
|4||We've Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)|
|7||Straight In At 101|
|8||Who Fell Asleep In|
|9||I Warned You: Do Not Make An Enemy Of Me|
|11||I Just Sighed I Just Sighed Just So You Know|
|12||Heat Rash In The Shape Of The Show Me State Or Letters FromMe To Charlotte, A|
|13||Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future, The|
|14||This Is A Flag There Is No Wind|
|15||Coda: A Burn Scar In The Shape Of The Sooner State|
- Los Campesinos - Romance Is Boring (2010) Retail CD
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