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Los Campesinos – 'Sick Scenes'

by MarcusErridge
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on 24 February 2017 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Wichita Recordings
Release date 24th February 2017
Rating 6/10

At their best, Los Campesinos always have the ability to surprise. You know the crazy is coming, you just never know when and how. There is a more melancholic tone to this album, which works well on the atmospheric The Fall of Home and the foot stomping Sad Suppers, which ratchets up the bpm and adds a little urgency to the mix, helped by the immortal line “chucking up in your own hands”. There are a few cuts where you are left with bated breath. The buildup is there in A Slow, Slow Death and A Litany Heart Swells, but the payoff never quite arrives. Similarly, 5 Flucloxacillin drifts along pleasantly enough, but never really takes off. Textbook manic schoolyard chanting makes a welcome return in I Broke Up Amarante. Other high points include Renato Dall Ara (2008), where Los Campesinos seem to capture their best form. Witty lyrics, unexpected changes of pace and that characteristic mix of sweet and spiky. Got Stendahl’s takes more of a spin into leftfield, breaking down with a gorgeous guitar lick before building back up to a great crescendo. Overall a good album, tempered by nostalgia. And where are all those elongated double-titled song titles you can never remember?

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