Hello Sadness - Los Campesinos!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Jan 3, 2012
    Mature, reflective, elegant and just that little bit haunting, but ultimately and most importantly of all, brilliant.
  2. The honesty behind Hello Sadness is remarkable and incredibly appealing.
  3. Nov 15, 2011
    With the familiar bounce and sardonic lyrics--and the development of the band's capabilities to produce tamer, deeper, more mellow fare--it's been worth the wait.
  4. [It offers] up some of the most melodramatic songs Los Campesinos! have recorded to date.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    It's an impressive (but sad, as the title says) album. It starts with a bit of a hope, like something's going to work, but songs like the main titled song and Life Is A Long Time shows that nothing is good (like a misunderstood love). It's poetic, sometimes too sad, and despite of this album sounds very personal, it has wonderful tracks. Full Review »
  2. Jan 8, 2012
    Songs about sadness over cheerful guitar beats. It takes a few listens to really get into the songs because the music not as catchy as their other albums, I guess to prevent the contrast from being too much. Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2011
    At first I thought that some of the tracks were filler tracks, but after multiple listens I've decided it is only because certain other songs are so strong on the album. While there are songs that people will undoubtedly pick out of the album to listen to more than others, a straight through listen of the album is exceptionally pleasing. There are never songs that distract from the overall experience other than to "wow" you. The lead singer has grown tremendously since Hold On Now, Youngster. While he used to have a much brighter sound, his vocals have matured and darkened as have his lyrics. I loved the first album but because of how bright it was, I could only take so many listens before I got a headache. It's hard to compare to the other albums as it is much different, but after multiple listens through I can safely say this is their best album yet. Full Review »