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The title track to Los Campesinos!’ Romance Is Boring is so purely Los Campesinos! — punchy, acerbic, gleeful — that it stands as the record’s centerpiece. But opener “In Media Res” has an experimental essence, and its unhurried blend of blaring horns, glittering glockenspiel and synth swells herald an evolutionary jump: the Welsh indie darlings brazenly push their own boundaries on album number three. Their website claims Romance Is Boring is about “the decay of the human body and mental breakdown,” but we’d swear it has more to do with twenty-something angst, beer, and — the newest ingredient — reluctant maturation. It’s that newest flavor that adds depth and dimension to tracks like the playful and tense “We’ve Got Your Back,” the mighty mini-epic, “I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me,” and the harrowingly beautiful “The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future.” (We detect Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu — one of several guests — on this powerful track).  With even sharper lyrical barbs and new musical reach, Romance Is Boring belies its title, with glorious spit and vinegar.

Customer Reviews

incredible from start to finish

this album proves that LC! has really matured and is coming into their own. easily their best and most complete sounding. a must for anyone that loves LC!'s trademark shoutcore/pop/indie.

Great album - a must-buy

I've been a fan of Los Campesinos! for about two years and every album has been amazing, but I have to say this is my favourite recording yet. They cover a lot of musical ground, a little screaming, rousing horns and violins, amazing vocals, soft and strong, louder and passionate. This is simply a triumph that any LC! fan has to listen to - I've had it on repeat for the last week. I've heard it probably seven times since I bought it. It's worth it.


Formed: 2006 in Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Celebrating a bratty, tongue-in-cheek viewpoint and a spunky indie punk style similar to Art Brut, while applying an assortment of instruments akin to Architecture in Helsinki, the seven-piece group Los Campesinos! (a Spanish name that roughly translates to "the Peasants") formed in 2006 in Cardiff, Wales. The lineup took shape around Cardiff University students Aleksandra (keyboard, horn), Ellen (bass), Gareth (glockenspiel), Harriet (violin, keyboard), Neil (guitar), Ollie (drums), and Tom (guitar),...
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