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Sick Scenes

Los Campesinos!

Sick Scenes

Sixth album from the Welsh indie pop band produced by John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Death Cab for Cutie, Sleater-Kinney)

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  1. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    They are as angry as ever, but less petulant. The arrangements are crisp and spacious, with prominent use of natural piano tones and acoustic guitars
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  2. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    An eloquent testament to the triumphs and trials of adulthood
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  3. 9.0 |   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
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  4. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A decade after their debut, Los Campesinos! are just as important now as they were ten years ago
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  5. 8.0 |   DIY

    Los Campesinos! will always be able to express a certain character type better than mos
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  6. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Undimmed indie energy
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  7. 8.0 |   State

    The Campesinos are determined to remain relentlessly gloomy, but now it’s the dull ennui of adulthood
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  8. 8.0 |   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
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  9. 8.0 |   Clash

    Whereas many bands are running out of steam and feeling a little stale this far into their career, ‘Sick Scenes’ demonstrates that Los Campesinos! still have more hunger and urgency than ever
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  10. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    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
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  11. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    A love note to aging indie idealism and to those who’ve reveled in their careening pop-punk singalongs, scathing neuroses, and charmingly specific soccer references
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  12. 7.5 |   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
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  13. 7.3 |   Earbuddy

    The band barely lets off the gas pedal during Sick Scenes‘ runtime. However, the album’s somewhat slower, somber tinged songs like “A Slow, Slow Death” and “The Fall of Home” are certainly welcome
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  14. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    With a ton of drumwork and punk-fueled guitar-rhythms, Los Campesinos! continue to hone in on their craft in the best way possible
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  15. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    They can still write some great indie anthems, but not the sort that bullish, larger louts would sing post football match. These are for the anthems for anyone who can see the beauty in nostalgia and a Lionel Messi dribble. Here's to another ten years
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  16. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Not everything on their sixth effort hits the mark – Here’s To The Forth Time! is another that falls flat during the more variable second half – but when it’s good, it’s very good
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  17. 7.0 |   Beardfood

    This record simply offers more sharp observations and more bouncy music seemingly made with toy instruments, and that’s just fine
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  18. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Los Campesinos! aren’t trying to change minds. They just make records, and they’ve made a very good one in Sick Scenes
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  19. 6.7 |   Gig Soup

    The indie pop that initially brought their fame has given way to a darker sound
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  20. 6.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Los Campesinos! imbues the music with energy that will never seem contrived
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  21. 6.0 |   Q

    The songs on Sick Scenes are overstuffed with words and images. Print edition only

  22. 6.0 |   All Music

    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
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  23. 5.0 |   Uncut

    A messy affair, stylistically, and overrun with densely packed lyrics, though it's not entirely without charm. Print edition only

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