CD of the Week: Los Campesinos!

Los Campesinos! (music group)

Los Campesinos!
Hello Sadness
(Arts & Crafts)

No strangers to the subjects of general 20-something cynicism and romantic disconnects, Los Campesinos! soundtrack what it feels like to be a young, disillusioned idealist in love. They're the musical equivalent of smiling while flipping someone off. Hello Sadness, the band's latest full-length, is chock full of their patented brand of melodic pop tunes with a healthy serving of bitterly honest lyrics. The shiny, bright, tinkly luster of the band's previous work seems to have worn off in favor of a more somber trek through the haziness of quarter-life uncertainties. If the perpetual back and forth of a painful and long-time-coming breakup sounded this good in real life, why would anyone bother staying together? 

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