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Anyone expecting a sophomore slump or a drop-off in quality due to the nature of its somewhat sudden appearance (who makes two albums a year anymore?) will find themselves sorely disappointed by Los Campesinos! second album, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed. Or maybe that should read happily surprised since the group delivers another exciting record with enough feverish energy to power a mid-size metropolitan area for a week. This is an entirely different kind of album, though, much of the joy and fun the band dished out previously like free samples at a supermarket has been drained away and replaced with anger, unease, and miserabilia. As such We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed isn't the immediate jolt to the nervous system that the debut was; the production (done by John Goodmanson in Seattle) is a little flatter, there aren't any instant jams like "Death to Los Campesinos," "You Me Dancing," or "My Year in Lists" here, and there is less give and take sass between vocalists Alex and Gareth. In fact, there is less of Alex overall, as We Are is really Gareth's album both vocally and lyrically. His voice has always been a nasal, slightly unhinged instrument but here he threatens to go off the rails as he sings of sexual frustration, bitter breakups, vomit, violence, and overall queasiness and desperation. One of the key lines he spits out during the title track "We kid ourselves that there's future in the f*****g/But there is no f*****g future" makes clear that he, and the band by extension, is more desperate, more intense, and not just a little bleak this time out. The album is the sound of a twisted, troubled soul exposed completely and without the electric performances of the band (guitarists Neil and Tom are especially good throughout) and the level of commitment the vocalists exhibit; it could have sunk into an insular sulk that would have made it a slog to get through. It's far from that; it's more of a ripping, invigorating howl than a self-pitying whimper. Songs like "Miserabilia" and "The End of the Asterisk" were made for pounding the steering wheel as you drive home from a lousy day at work, "Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #1" and "You'll Need All Those Fingers for Crossing" are made for long train rides home after breakups. While some fans of the band's earlier, less gritty and seemingly less serious songs may be initially put off by the emotion and desperation on display, they need to give the record a chance to take hold. Once it does, it grabs you by the throat and the heart, and doesn't let go. Hold on Now, Youngster is still the more magical of the two records, it's the one to play when you want to feel joy, but We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed has more depth and feeling. It's proof that Los Campesinos! are more than just cuddly indie pop cuties, they mean real grown-up business.

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Excellent Stuff

This band is terrific, and what a bloody great record. Very few bands can deliver two knockout records in a career, let alone in one year. I think 'Hold On...' was something of a minor classic, but this record proves the band's amazing depth and their potential to expand their signature sound. They've always brought in influences from all over the map, and this record sees them bring in even more, demonstrating that there's a lot more to come from them and that we should take them very seriously. This is one of my favourite bands to see live, and they're ability to produce fun indie-pop you can get lost in, while also offering some gravitas and real depth in the lyrics, it's just remarkably sucessful and this record's a delight. It's moving, rich, and has wonderfully consructed hooks. I highly recommend this, and the band's prior work (from a short career!).

Another good album

Great album, still not as good as there EPs but totally chill music overall.

All Hail Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! has released another stellar album. From the first note to the last their music just makes me happy. Los Campesinos! is the solution to all of the world's problems.

Biografía

Fecha de formación: Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales, 2006

Género: Alternativa

Años de actividad: '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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