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  • Summary: The latest album for the Welsh rock band was recorded in Connecticut and Seattle, with Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart, Parenthetical Girls' Zac Pennington, and Dead Science's Jherek Bischoff appearing as guests.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. What makes this possibly the best album of the band’s career is that it represents how sonic exploration can actually go right.
  2. While unquestionably delivering more of the goods fans are sure to get excited about, on their new record, Los Campesinos! also prove they aren't one-trick ponies, boasting some welcome musical and conceptual range.
  3. 80
    Their slightly shambolic and unapologetic pop-fused sound works, though, and looks likely to speed Los Campesinos! to the cult canonical Brit-indie status reserved for the other outsider troupes like Belle & Sebastian and The Cribs. [Mar 2010, p.96]
  4. Romance Is Boring is another step up for the Cardiff seven-piece; avoiding the shoutier, brattier elements of debut ‘Hold On Now, Youngster...’, the band bring to their latest effort a much darker atmosphere, with similarly desperate lyrics.
  5. Romance Is Boring would be better-served with more of the diversity that's found on these tracks. But those without dates on Valentine's Day should find some cheer in this danceable collection
  6. 70
    Romance, their third album in 24 months, is more slickly assured -- and far less twee -- than its predecessors.
  7. 40
    For their second album proper, the band have beefed up their sound at the expense of their spindly charm. [Mar 2010, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    9
    My favourite lc! album, different to their previous two albums in that the sound is more beefed up, but still contains the signature lc! soundMy favourite lc! album, different to their previous two albums in that the sound is more beefed up, but still contains the signature lc! sound and lyrics. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2011
    9
    One of my favorite albums. Great lyricism. Catchy music and lines and great and appropriate dissonance. The growth of this band gets meOne of my favorite albums. Great lyricism. Catchy music and lines and great and appropriate dissonance. The growth of this band gets me exciting for their upcoming album. Expand
  3. Jul 14, 2011
    8
    A great album but for someone's first lc! album they should listen to We are Beautiful, We are Doomed. While Romance is Boring is a moreA great album but for someone's first lc! album they should listen to We are Beautiful, We are Doomed. While Romance is Boring is a more mature album it lacks the energy or We are Beautiful has. Collapse