Hold On Now, Youngster

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Two things save Los Campesinos! from being utterly insufferable. The first is that many of these songs are such fun, hurtling from the speakers in a blur of fuzzy guitars, big shouty choruses and smart vocal jousting between singers Gareth and Alexsandra. The second saving grace is that Los Campesinos! have the brains to back up their smart arse attitude.
  2. It is, however, undoubtedly a collection of many good songs. From start to finish, it’s a relentlessly difficult listen, and one that suffers from little in the way of dynamics or variety of tone.
  3. Los Campesinos! are hyper-literate college kids out to make big statements from microcosmic situations, but the metaphors in the overly abstract lyrics often get away from Gareth and co-vocalist Aleks.
  4. Q Magazine
    60
    More variety is needed and it's all been done before, but rarely with such a sense of fun. [Apr 2008, p.108]
  5. In terms of mere diversion, though, the perfectly titled Hold On Now, Youngster… is best administered in small amounts; otherwise, you run the risk of overdose.
  6. Alternative Press
    60
    Youngster is only temporarily satisfying. [June 2008, p.135]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. AlanF.
    Jan 10, 2009
    9
    Wow. Refreshing smooth with energy, melody, and originality. Not trite, not too much. Please play loud.
  2. MattH.
    Nov 24, 2008
    10
    There's no way an album this catchy should still sound so good after 30, 40 or 50 listens, but "Hold on Now, Youngster" is packed with There's no way an album this catchy should still sound so good after 30, 40 or 50 listens, but "Hold on Now, Youngster" is packed with just as much detail as it is raw energy. This is a spectacular debut album. Full Review »
  3. RichardB.
    May 26, 2008
    9
    Great debut album, did take me a couple of run throughs to really like it, but its definitely worthy of being in anyone's record collection