Romance Is Boring - Los Campesinos!
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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. It might’ve made a better EP than LP. But even at their brattiest, the Welsh indie-rockers in Los Campesinos are a tough lot to hate. Their cacophony of instruments and voices aptly conveys what the music is about.
  3. Romance Is Boring might sound, in description and on wax, very similar to the band’s work, but there’s a palpable confidence here that wasn’t present just an album ago, and it makes Romance Is Boring the key entry in an already ballooning discography.
  4. Their sloganeering, haughtiness and mocking dismissal of their dislikes will always remain contentious, but never suggest they don’t mean it. This matters more to them than it does anybody else; Romance is Boring is the openly flawed but often brilliant proof.
  5. Lacking many new moves, Romance doesn't feel as revelatory as Los Campesinos' killer 2008 debut. But its exuberant din is hard to deny on songs like the gorgeous existentialist meditation "In Media Rest," which mixes triumphal horns with lyrics about vomit and corpses.
  6. Romance is Boring is anchored by enough exhilarating moments, big and small, to make trolling for them through the muck a pleasure. [Holiday 2009, p.77]
  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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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Oct 23, 2011
    My 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
    One 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
    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 more mature album it lacks the energy or We are Beautiful has. Collapse