Romance Is Boring

Los Campesinos! - Romance Is Boring
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Based on 19 reviews
2010 Ratings: #190 / 859
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Based on 29 ratings
2010 Ratings: #108
January 26, 2010 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
PopMatters

As a thesis statement for Los Campesinos!’s third album, “romance is boring” is, if not an outright lie, then at the very least a red herring. After all, lead singer and lyricist Gareth Campesinos! spends the album’s 45-plus minutes thoroughly debunking his own theory, and he does it with relish. However, that should’ve been obvious anyway. Gareth has never been one for brevity, and it’s a safe bet to say that he never will be.

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Tiny Mix Tapes

Everyone has one of those friends. That guy who, after graduating from college, decides he is going to reinvent and/or “find” himself, then embarks on some kind of major soul-searching exodus (e.g. hiking the Appalachian Trail, backpacking through Europe, going to India, etc.). This guy then returns and is essentially the same as when he left. The only noticeable difference in his personality or general outlook on lif

e, barring any major facial hair changes, is that he is now only interested in talking about just how different he is. He is not only incorrect, but incredibly annoying.

Felindie
75
Fav Tracks: Romance Is Boring; I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know; This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
bitterblossom12
96
Exciting, energetic, on-point, emotional, fun, personal, humorous, embarrassing, grandiose. This is a great fucking rock album, an all time fav. of mine and I wish it had more recognition on this site.

I think this is the rare album that can have an intensely inward looking scope (consists almost entirely of Gareth is talking about his college sex life and insecurities), but also manages to be huge in scope. The arrangements are ginormous, the girl/boy vocals play off really well, the album ... read more
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Track List

  1. In Medias Res
  2. There Are Listed Buildings
  3. Romance Is Boring
  4. We’ve Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)
  5. Plan A
  6. 200-102
  7. Straight in at 101
  8. Who Fell Asleep In
  9. I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me
  10. Heart Swells/100-1
  11. I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know
  12. A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters from Me to Charlotte
  13. The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future
  14. This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind
  15. Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State
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