Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2017 Ratings: #108 / 838
User Score
Based on 107 ratings
2017 Ratings: #364
February 24, 2017 / Release Date
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Wichita / Label
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God Is in the TV

While Sick Scenes comes after their longest break between albums, they’ve lost no ground. Instead, they’ve made their saddest yet most rewarding album to date.


Los Campesinos!' brief hiatus has resulted in one of their strongest releases to date; Sick Scenes is an eloquent testament to the triumphs and trials of adulthood.

The Line of Best Fit

Though Sick Scenes is unlikely to win the band legions of new fans, it’s a record that sits comfortably alongside the rest of their canon while acting as an affirmation as to why, in 2017, a decade after their debut, Los Campesinos! are just as important now as they were ten years ago.

No Ripcord

Sick Scenes is an emotional melting pot of joy, regret and rage against the passage of time. But as heavy as that sounds, Los Campesinos! has never sounded lighter on its feet. With some of their catchiest songs yet and Gareth's muse in top form, this album stands among their strongest work.

The Skinny

Sick Scenes sees LC! offering up a liberating set of songs about odious city hipsters, youthful nostalgia and future anxiety, wrapped up in the seven-piece’s usual glorious flurry of chipper riffs and witty lyricisms.

British guitar music has been crying out for heroes for a long time now, yet the search is only ever confined to bands who have recorded barely more than a handful of songs. The fact Los Campesinos! are consistently ignored is something of a tragedy — they write hooks, they’re inventive, they’re passionate, they can do uplifting and they can do poignant, and on ‘Sick Scenes’, they do it all with panache.
Drowned in Sound

Sick Scenes isn’t a doom and gloom exercise, nor miserable thousand-yard stare. Instead it is the sound of a band doubling down on what brought them to their particular dance, peppered with unflinching honesty and conviction, all dressed up in requisite ‘take us or leave us’ glamour.


While ‘Sick Scenes’ is a record that questions its authors places in the world in tandem, it’s also one that shows that, for as long as they’re here, Los Campesinos! will always be able to express a certain character type better than most.


Sick Scenes, the British group’s sixth album, plays like a love letter to aging indie idealism; to the fans who have reveled in this band’s careening pop-punk singalongs, scathing neuroses, and charmingly specific soccer references.

A.V. Club

If Sick Scenes doesn’t necessarily cohere as a whole, the individual songs are strong enough that it also doesn’t really matter.

Under The Radar

The indie pop band has never released a subpar album; instead they've been consistent in creating songs that resonate on both lyrical and sonic levels. And their latest, Sick Scenes is no different.

The record sees them release their pent-up anger across 11 songs that embrace the band’s enthusiasm to get back to doing what they do best.

If you’ve found Los Campesinos! to be a bit much in the past, this isn’t going to be the album that changes your mind. But Los Campesinos! aren’t trying to change minds. They just make records, and they’ve made a very good one in Sick Scenes.


Thematically and lyrically, ‘Sick Scenes’ examines places that host scenes of extreme emotion, which have a deep personal resonance.


It all makes for an unbalanced listening experience, one that only the most dedicated Los Campesinos! fans will likely want to undertake. For anyone else, Sick Scenes might be a little too over-produced and undercooked, despite the moments when some of the band's old thrills poke through the fresh coat of paint.

Not a bad listen. I probably heard this album three or four times through to see if I would like it more as I kept playing it. To be honest, the replay value on Los Campesinos! “Sick Scenes” isn’t all that great, but everyone could use an upbeat rock album to enhance their day just that extra bit.

Score: 7.5/10
Grata sorpresa me han dado los de Cardiff. 'Sick Scenes' podría ser su mejor disco a la fecha, con sólidas canciones que merecen y demandan la atención de una mayor audiencia. De lo mejor que se ha cosechado del indie rock este año.

Canciones Favoritas: Renato Dall'Ara (2008), Sad Suppers, I Broke Up In Amarante, The Fall of Home, 5 Flucloxacillin, Here's to the Fourth Time, From Whom the Belly Tolls.
Renato Dall’Ara (2008) - 8/10
Sad Suppers - 6/10
I Broke Up in Amarante - 6/10
A Slow, Slow Death - 8/10
The Fall of Home - 10/10
5 Flucloxacillin - 7/10
Here’s to the Fourth Time! - 8/10
For Whom the Belly Tolls - 7/10
Got Stendhal’s - 10/10
A Litany / Heart Swells - 6/10
Hung Empty - 8/10

Overall Rating: 84 out 110 = 76%
In continuing down their very interesting path of combining tragedy and radiance in music, Los Campesions! succeed again in creating a youthful and intelligent indie rock album, despite there only being a couple of truly inspiring melodic motives. My Score: 138/180 (Solid) = 77/100
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Year End Lists

#35/No Ripcord
#72/Louder Than War

Track List

  1. Renato Dall’Ara (2008)
  2. Sad Suppers
  3. I Broke Up in Amarante
  4. A Slow, Slow Death
  5. The Fall of Home
  6. 5 Flucloxacillin
  7. Here’s to the Fourth Time!
  8. For Whom the Belly Tolls
  9. Got Stendhal’s
  10. A Litany / Heart Swells
  11. Hung Empty
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Added on: November 11, 2016