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Old 04-19-2008, 04:09 AM   #1
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Los Campesinos! -- HOLD ON NOW, YOUNGSTER...

Without a doubt, the best album of this very young year. If something tops this, I will be fucking stunned. Easily and at least an 8.5/10, which as most people know is shockingly higher than I'd rate most records. Discuss, and if you're a non-believer, then explain to me how you can hate life enough not to adore this record. Even better than Sticking Fingers Into Sockets, and so good that it doesn't even matter than "The International TWEEXCORE Underground" is suddenly a non-album single. Offensively great.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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Isn't 8.5 what Pitchfork gave it? You're a good soldier!

They get instant cred from me for covering an old Pavement track on their EP.

I can't stop listening to it. CAN'T STOP.

I think the Jicks still have my favorite of the year, though.
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
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yeah, this album is a stunner. i wasn't expecting this...
every time i listen to it i have a new favorite. today my #1 is "And We Close Our Eyes and Exhale in Unison...".
brilliant, cluttered, frantic, joyful. i can't wait to have a party with this one blasting...
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Could that female singer possibly be as hot as she sounds on the album?

I don't think so.

But I'll know for sure when I see them on MAY 16!!!

And I pick up more lyrical gems each time I hear it. Very, very witty without being precious.
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She is, Laz. She really is.
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This has piqued my interest. I'll check it out soon.
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Also, while this is a PopMatters piece (which means that it's pretty badly written and oftentimes confused about what it's trying to say/do/be/etc.), it still pretty well hits the nail on the head. I'm notoriously unwilling to overrate records, and my favorite albums of any given year or decade are usually "only" around what I'd consider to be between 8.5 and maybe, at the upper end, 9 out of 10. The conflict obviously felt by this writer pretty well sums up what I have been going through, with this record, for the past few months. I even payed, like, the equivalent of $30 USD for the Japanese version, at the Disk Union down the block from my apartment. Genius!

http://www.popmatters.com/pm/music/r...now-youngster/
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Can't pick a favorite right now. They're all so good. Thanks for posting those videos, If you shout.
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Think nothing of it, B. I think that the video for "You! Me! Dancing!" is literally one of the thirty or so greatest music videos I've ever seen. Ever. I knew absolutely nothing about the band, when I first saw it, last July, and I was instantly hooked. It just...man, I don't know. It just is, and it's sweet as fuck.
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What kind of music is this?
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What kind of music is this?
Sounds like "Gold Soundz" with glockenspiels, more rollicking tempos, and boy/girl vocals, instead of just ol' Stevsie. More or less.

Watch the videos. They'll tell you all you need to know.
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I just had a listen. I like the music a lot, the lead male vocals not so much - too much of a Generic Indie Singer for my liking. Although the boy/girl vocal interplay is very lively and fun,
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Think nothing of it, B. I think that the video for "You! Me! Dancing!" is literally one of the thirty or so greatest music videos I've ever seen. Ever. I knew absolutely nothing about the band, when I first saw it, last July, and I was instantly hooked. It just...man, I don't know. It just is, and it's sweet as fuck.
Well said!! I'm not sure where Chiba City is, but I was just rereading passages of Bill Flanagan's "U2-At the End of the World" and the parts about Tokyo are most interesting, particularly the descriptions of the city, its nightlife and surroundings. Maybe I'll get there someday.
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Well said!! I'm not sure where Chiba City is, but I was just rereading passages of Bill Flanagan's "U2-At the End of the World" and the parts about Tokyo are most interesting, particularly the descriptions of the city, its nightlife and surroundings. Maybe I'll get there someday.
An amazing place, no doubt. Sadly, I missed this band when they were in Tokyo, several months ago, because tickets were like $75 USD for about a 35-minute set, as a part of a "New Style British Invasion Set Party," or whatever the hell the Liquid Room was calling it. I dunno. At any rate, I basically live in Tokyo. About 30 minutes, by train. Good times, but not as good as this band or this record.
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