Los Campesinos!: We are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

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The Welsh band’s first album was released last February and the group decided to quickly release a follow-up of new material. You have to respect that kind of production, though the album is short. I like the dichotomy and balance that having a male and female singer provides. They offer more of an alternating setup instead of trying to find the harmonies. There are also moments of full-band chorus, such as in “Miserabilia.”

The band’s sound might be called pop: elements of ’80s synth, combined with more of an indie rock sound, layered with moments of strings and a bit of quirkiness a la They Might Be Giants.

The 10 songs clock in at just over 32 minutes — where’s the rest of it? The first verse of the first song almost made me cringe — I was worried that the accents were going to get on my nerves — but moments later I was sucked into the music and any concerns were washed away.

Like so many good albums, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed
left me wanting more. I can hear why it appeared on so many top 10 lists for 2008. Includes a DVD that is a bit of a documentary.

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