Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring

by Rich Morris Rating:2 Release Date:2010-02-15

Pretty straight forward indie rock from kooky kids Los Campesinos!, but with a horrible twist. 'Romance is Boring' has a big, Britpoppy guitar riff at its centre and layers of keyboard slavered all over it like Ronseal. So far, so good. The bad stuff happens with the irritatingly self-regarding boy/girl vocals pitched at the level of an 'oh god, I shouldn't listen but I can't help it' pub argument between a drunken couple. It's pretty charmless, and the worst thing is that they obviously intended it to be that way. Have Los Campesinos! been doing too much coke? Anyway, this sounds like the shouty kiddie-thrash Bis used to make but 10 years older and jaded with a mortgage and a beer belly, so it should know better. Oh, and it's boring.

Richard Morris

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I always thought the funniest thing about LC! was the contrast between the boy and girl vocalists. The boy is ridiculously enthusiastic though can't actually sing and the girl always sounded really, really bored, but could hold a note. I'd like...

I always thought the funniest thing about LC! was the contrast between the boy and girl vocalists. The boy is ridiculously enthusiastic though can't actually sing and the girl always sounded really, really bored, but could hold a note. I'd like to say I find this juxtaposition charming but it ain't really. And yes this song does sound weirdly like Bis.

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