Hold On Now, Youngster - Los Campesinos!
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  • Summary: The debut album for the Cardiff, Wales-based indie rock band was produced by David Newfeld.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. A glockenspiel in a guitar band? Freshens up the sound, they think. And they're right.
  2. Recommending this album seems too light a course of action; requiring it may be more apt. Consider Hold on Now, Youngster...highly required, then.
  3. This debut is unusually taut and polished, with hooks, crescendos, and clever turns of phrase nearly always in the right place.
  4. Hold On Now, Youngster is the proverbial promising debut, brimming with attitude, ideas and oomph. We await their next move with interest.
  5. Chock-full of glockenspiel, keyboards, hand claps and boy-girl harmonies, Youngster is playful and fun.
  6. It's the sort of album that at times sounds like the group simply threw everything against the wall and hoped that something would stick. In many cases, it did, but in others it sounds like a raucous mess.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. 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. Expand
  2. PaulC
    Apr 26, 2008
    10
    A solid, fun album you will find yourself listening to over and over again. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite albums of the year.
  3. AdamD
    May 1, 2008
    10
    Do yourself a favor, buy this album. Amusing, musically mature and diverse, takes hilarious shots at its fan base while still being a Do yourself a favor, buy this album. Amusing, musically mature and diverse, takes hilarious shots at its fan base while still being a powerful album. I cannot stop listening Expand
  4. IainM.
    Apr 4, 2008
    9
    Not quite as good as the live experience but still an amazing album. This is a band that Cardiff is justifiably proud of at a time when we Not quite as good as the live experience but still an amazing album. This is a band that Cardiff is justifiably proud of at a time when we are producing any number of great acts. Expand
  5. AlanF.
    Jan 10, 2009
    9
    Wow. Refreshing smooth with energy, melody, and originality. Not trite, not too much. Please play loud.
  6. 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
  7. taptap
    May 16, 2008
    2
    One great song, 'You, Me Dancing' but the rest are absolutely terrible. And bad singing as well. I seriously don't understand One great song, 'You, Me Dancing' but the rest are absolutely terrible. And bad singing as well. I seriously don't understand the above reviews. Expand

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