Hold On Now, Youngster - Los Campesinos!

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. The Welsh band's debut full-length captures more believable, crackling punk energy than most hardcore bands.
  2. A glockenspiel in a guitar band? Freshens up the sound, they think. And they're right.
  3. There really isn’t anything wrong with this album. It’s just the most amazing sugar rush you’re going to have this year, and is what, at this point in time, sounds strongly like the best debut album by a British indie band since Tigermilk.
  4. Recommending this album seems too light a course of action; requiring it may be more apt. Consider Hold on Now, Youngster...highly required, then.
  5. Cynics and those who just don’t feel it may claim instead that this is, at best, just a collection of good songs, with witty lyrics, without much dynamic variation; but I tell you today, five or ten or 20 years from now, the only way we won’t be speaking of Hold on Now, Youngster… as a classic will be if Los Campesinos! have already topped it.
  6. Even Youngster’s more modest near-ballads, like 'My Year in Lists,' preserve the band’s boisterous style through outlandish lyrics (“You said, ‘Send me stationery to make me horny’/So I always write you letters in multi-colors”) and ecstatic delivery, making twee fare like long-distance relationships or working in a bookstore seem like serious pop paydirt.
  7. 84
    The tasteful kiddy nature and contrastingly mature metaphors, literary lessons and appropriate disdain, all end with a sense of urgency, making for an impressively full album [Winter 2008, p.100]
  8. This debut is unusually taut and polished, with hooks, crescendos, and clever turns of phrase nearly always in the right place.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. AlanF.
    Jan 10, 2009
    Wow. Refreshing smooth with energy, melody, and originality. Not trite, not too much. Please play loud.
  2. MattH.
    Nov 24, 2008
    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
    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