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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0034AAGJI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In Medias Res
2. There Are Listed Buildings
3. Romance Is Boring
4. We've Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
5. Plan A
6. 200-102
7. Straight in at 101
8. Who Fell Asleep In
9. I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
10. Heart Swells/100-1
11. I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
12. A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; Or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
13. The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
14. This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
15. Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State

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BBC Review

It’s noisy. It’s frantic. It’s crammed full of noise and words and sounds and that most nebulous of substances, ‘attitude’. It’s rather articulate, in an “I am writing this at 7.10am / On the hard dry tarmac of a vacant forecourt” (I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed. So You Know) way. It buzzes where it should buzz (A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters From Me to Charlotte), and drops pace and goes all moody where it feels the need to drop pace and go all moody (the brief eulogy to former NME scribe and love-hate figure Steven Wells, Heart Swells/100-1). On occasion it’s irritating, enlivening, tepid, chugging, over-charged with brass sections and loud guitars, sulky, brattish, brilliant – and recalls overwhelmingly the holy indie triumvirate of Bis, Pavement and early Bright Eyes.

It is, of course, the new album from Los Campesinos!, the Welsh collective’s third in as many years – and, Bangs alive, it doesn’t stop shouting for a second. Even if the shouting is a little subdued compared to what came before.

There’s certainly no shortage of ideas. (The shortfall comes in the editing, but Los Campesinos! clearly see this as a plus.) “She turned her back on the church and put her faith in me,” Who Fell Asleep In brags provocatively, slightly sea-sick, before continuing as a bumpy love song (almost) worthy of Riot Grrrl talisman Comet Gain. “Can we all please just calm the f*** down?” they scream on This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind, before immediately disregarding their own advice.

They’re not as wilfully twee as before – both the references and music expand far beyond their beloved interpretation of NME’s famous C86 tape. Now it seems like Los Campesinos! are limbering up for a shot at, if not the stadiums, then a couple of the smaller arenas. Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State is all very serious, and young, and tormented in an Oberst way; opener In Medias Res is an associative poem in the style of late-50s coffee bars set to a spaced-out and tricky electronic accompaniment. There Are Listed Buildings, meanwhile, is a good old-fashioned romp in the style of Slanted and Enchanted.

More serious but still jittery, and not without detritus, this is the album that will decide the longevity of Los Campesinos!. --Everett True

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Samwise C on 2 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Being a massive fan of LC! since hearing You! Me! Dancing!, with every album I've waited for it's release without ever a fear of disappointment, and with Romance Is Boring they have yet to let me down.
Once again, they have made an amazing album, much deeper lyrically and musically even than previous effort We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed, where the first steps away from their initially charmingly "twee" sound were taken, the lyrics darkening along with the music. Yet in maturing so they have done the seemingly impossible and not lost their charm.
Gareth Campesinos! lyrics are as idiosyncratic as ever, and the way they are written in the booklet they read more like short novella's, a mixture of Morissey's bleak wit and Springsteen's wordiness. Song subjects range from talking an anorexic friend out of their "Taken too far" diet to doing very un-Christian things within sight of a church, yet you never feel alienated by the deeply personal lyrics. You'll even find yourself singing along to the most un-singalong lyrics if you don't catch yourself in time, you get pulled in so much by their honesty.
Musically now more bombastic in sound, standout track The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future is devastatingly beautiful, sounding like a british Arcade Fire track in its epicness. Lead single Romance Is Boring is more of a straight up rock song than they have written perviously and easily the most pop song on the record. They even get experimental on some songs, with Plan A sounding more like Rolo Tomassi as they step up the aggro and tempo for an absolute belter of a song. Despite the variety, the album is incredibly consistent, and you will likely not find your hand straying to the Next Track button on your player.
Overall, fans of the band will not be disappointed as LC!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z. Virgo on 6 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having seen LC! Many times and listened to their first two records non-stop when they first came out, I was expecting to love this one straight away, however, this was not the case, I found it... Well... Boring. However, after about 3 listens to it I realised the genius in the lyrics and technicality of the music and I got over my pre-conceptions of the change in tone and just went with it. Brilliant album. Buy it!
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By James Gilmour on 14 Dec 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Simply their best work.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lachno on 20 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
The Cardiff band have always been a favourite with the fanzines, but their third coming seems to have provoked a muted response this time round; a raised eyebrow replacing wide-eyed enthusiasm. If I were a betting man, I'd suggest this was because they're still trading in the same currency that won their debut a coterie of admires - Romance is Boring duly offers up the usual painful mix of shy, rambling emo platitudes and a propensity for being extroverted about their social and emotional impotence, backed with familiarly punky indie-pop. Again, the hits typically revolve around the more breathless beats (`There Are Listed Buildings'), while the misses (`Straight in at 101') afford singer Gareth the kind of excruciating airspace that his grating vocals certainly don't deserve. Par for the course, then.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rose on 3 Oct 2011
Format: Vinyl
I thought that the description for this item implied that I would be gettign a vinyl. however, when the post came, I was shocked to see that it was a CD. :(
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