Category: Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! – We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

ARTIST: Los Campesinos!     220px-LC!_-_WeAreBeautiful,WeAreDoomed

TITLE: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

YEAR RELEASED: 2008

CHART ACTION: #43 Heatseekers, #112 UK

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Miserabilia

LINEUP: Neil Turner, Ellen Waddell, Ollie Biggs, Tom Bromley, Gareth David, Harriet Coleman, Aleksandra Berditchevaskia

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Hot on the heels of their debut, Los Campesinos! Released this 10-song album. Strike while the creativity is hot.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Acting like a supplement to their noisy debut, this brief 10-song album is almost the perfect digestif.

They are still loud and clattering, and very British / Welsh. The songs on this collection are a bit more focused, while still fund and loud. “Miserablia” may be about the best thing they’ve ever done.

This may be the case of a coda to their original album. If so, the ending is probably a better representation and introduction than the beginning.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The band resisted for years calling this their second album, but relented after fans and press kept referring to it as such

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A-:  A fun record, still loud and clattery.

Los Campesinos! – Hold on Now, Youngster

ARTIST: Los Campesinos!                                        los_campesinos_-_hon_y

TITLE:  Hold on Now, Youngster

YEAR RELEASED: 2008

CHART ACTION: #45 Heatseekers, #72 UK

SINGLES: You! Me! Dancing!, Death to Los Campesinos! (#198 UK), My Year in Lists

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not

LINEUP: Neil Turner, Ellen Waddell, Ollie Biggs, Tom Bromley, Gareth David, Harriet Coleman, Aleksandra Berditchevaskia

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Full length debut by large, noisy, and snarky Welsh group. At times brilliant, at other times wearing.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: They’re a large group, and it sounds large. Lots of things are going on in the songs of Los Campesinos!, and especially in the vocal area.

Singers come and go, trading lyrics and lines, seemingly being a bit overwrought and rushed at times, like they only have a minute to tell you the news before the bomb goes off. It’s a unique sound, but as the album goes on it can wear you at times.

They have a lot of influences, and it shows. The kitchen sink isn’t thrown in on every song, but it’s always in the background. All in all, it’s an adventure and worth a try out.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released an EP earlier (that I didn’t realize wasn’t a compilation, sigh) before this full length.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B+: They sound like they’re having fun. It does sound a bit overwhelming at times.