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Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster…

However, it would be unfair to dismiss Los Campesinos! as a band signed purely to satisfy record labelsÂ’ unquenchable thirst for the newest, youngest band (be warned, Does It Offend You, Yeah?). Los Campesinos! are original in their instrumentation and this, coupled with the clever lyrics of Gareth and Aleksandra (surnames? ‘CampesinosÂ’, naturally) makes for a very interesting listen. The first track (and forthcoming single) of the album personifies the entire feeling of Hold On Now, Youngster… in its hyperactive opening lyrics; ‘broken down like a war economy / Father Fuhrer, donÂ’t be mad at me Â’, itÂ’s happy, poppy and witty – Pavement plus a high dose of caffeineÂ…and helium.

The only problem with the album, compared with their 2007 EP Sticking Fingers into Sockets is that the songs, all being musically similar, are often difficult to differentiate. The EP, being only six tracks long, did not encounter this stumbling block; however, seeing as the band are so young, and the music is so uniquely enjoyable anyway, this can be overlooked. It really is difficult to dislike Los Campesinos!, with music that could raise a smile on MorrisseyÂ’s face, and lyrics intelligent enough to be his; they are a band not ignorant of the world, but one that would rather make pop songs to cheer it up than melancholy dirges to depress it.

In this album, Los Campesinos! have released a collection of songs which, although showing little variance, are the most promising, energetic and jubilant tunes to come from these isles in a long time. Get it, dance, and cheer up!

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