Los Campesinos!
No Blues


3.8
excellent

Review

by John weathered old reviewer Hanson EMERITUS
October 26th, 2013 | 52 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No Blues will make you dance till you drop. And by drop, I mean die, but in a happy fun way!

No Blues is an intoxicating album. Really, if music could get you hammered this would totally do the trick. Los Campesinos! blow up their sound, and the metric fuckton of vocal harmonies, guitar hooks and auxiliary instrumental flourishes will overwhelm your brain to the point where you can’t help but get lost. The dichotomy of an album so obsessed with death being so full of spirit it used to full effect: even when the band is employing fantastic morbid imagery on opening track “For Flotsam” (‘you say you were an old cassette that has gone and spilled its spool‘) they keep everything incredibly upbeat and well…happy. Every song builds into something epic and plainly wonderful, and the songs almost never let up.

So the band has become way more outright cheerful and life affirming, but something that hasn’t changed with Los Camp is the fact they still do way too much all the time. The last thing No Blues could ever be called is subtle, and its greatest downfall is that nearly every moment on the album past the first few phrases of a given song is so full of goings-ons that it’s hard to really dig in and connect with it. “Avocado, Baby” starts off as a wonderful, groovy little jam that turns into a smorgasbord of weird songwriting conceits and multi-layered guitars that loses sight of what was so immediately engaging about the song. Is it still urgent and exciting to listen to? Definitely, but by the time the song devolves into “Girlfriend”-esque gang chanting, you start to wonder if what you‘re listening to is just a bunch of crazy ideas thrown together in a potluck of indie nonsense.

In the end though, everything here is probably for the best. Los Camp have never sounded better or more essential, even if it’s all a little Motion City Soundtrack-ish. No Blues should propel them forward creatively and gain them a well deserved new fan base, all while giving all of us something to dance to with our friends after a few long islands.

Actually, let’s be honest, this is Los Campesinos!. A few PBRs is more likely.



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Sanders
October 26th 2013


2402 Comments


love the phrase metric fuckton

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2013


3999 Comments


john hipster-violence iluvatar kisses boys hipster weathered old reviewer emeritus staff legendary user hipster hanson

RadicalEd
October 26th 2013


5903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review again. Love the album.

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robin
Emeritus
October 26th 2013


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In the end though, everything here is probably for the best. Los Camp have never sounded better or more essential, even if it’s all a little Motion City Soundtrack-ish.




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robin
Emeritus
October 26th 2013


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

too early to tell with this album tbh. hate half of it love the other half los campesinos



also btw the song is called avocado, baby

robin
Emeritus
October 26th 2013


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk though. this album could potentially strike me as happy and dance-y for literally one song in its

existence, avocado baby. which i hate hate hate. so idk

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2013


21127 Comments


"even if it’s all a little Motion City Soundtrack-ish"

sold

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robin
Emeritus
October 26th 2013


4299 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

tbf i don't know what i'm saying because whenever i go to a los camp show i go nuts to their songs regardless of their content



but yeah avocado, baby not avocado's baby

Gwyn.
October 26th 2013


16172 Comments


weren't these guys on the gta v soundtrack

Tyrael
October 26th 2013


21005 Comments


best summary

FromDaHood
October 26th 2013


9108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wouldn't have guessed you would review this



I like this a lot more than Hello Sadness but damn do I miss Aleks

dimsim3478
October 26th 2013


7010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The second paragraph is actually a brilliantly concise summary of maximality on this album: I think the overloaded instrumentation is what hinders it from being truly important (or truly "urgent" or "exciting") as much as simply a totally enjoyable pop record. I definitely like this way more than Hanson, but I really really agree on that second paragraph. Great review.

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mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 26th 2013


14551 Comments


hello sadness rules

RadicalEd
October 27th 2013


5903 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I think Hello Sadness is bullshit so yeah. This is their best since Hold On Now easy"



this.

bloc
October 27th 2013


36127 Comments


This is pretty fun. Gotta check out more from this band.

FromDaHood
October 27th 2013


9108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Romance is Boring is their best

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 27th 2013


14551 Comments


hello sadness is their best

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013


303 Comments


Anyone else just love the cover?

dimsim3478
October 27th 2013


7010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Fits the music really well, yeah.

Aids
October 28th 2013


24225 Comments


i'll have you know that i thought this was a jacob royal review from the summary

think about that



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