October 30, 2008

Los Campesinos!: We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

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Los Campesinos! have an exclamation mark at the end of their name because in the past they’ve made listeners want to scream out and dance like crazy people. We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed unfortunately just makes the listener want to put on their previous album. I refuse to believe that this album was made by Los Campesinos!; it sounds like it was made by the lazier, less-passion-filled Los Campesinos_. Their characteristic ADHD-styled shouts and speaking interludes feel forced and thrown together last minute on this album.
These 10 songs, together just over 30 minutes in length, are a poorly crafted replication of Hold On Now, Youngster… It makes complete sense, since We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed was only released at the start of this month, less than eight months after Hold On Now, Youngster… In such a short time how could Los Campesinos! really have had the time to mature and truly create a next album? The answer is they didn’t mature, and this new album is just a weaker version of what they’ve released in the past.