On paper, it might seems as if Welsh group Los Campesinos! simply adopted and tweaked the schtick of Panic! at the Disco. There’s the obvious punctuation similarity (even if Panic! did drop its exclamation point for a year), and the groups share a penchant for giving songs long, odd titles. Case in point: Panic!’s 2005 debut, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, has tracks such as “Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” and LC!’s debut Hold On Now, Youngster…, released three years later, has songs with titles such as “Don’t Tell Me to Do the Math(S).”
The band’s second album, We Are Beautiful We Are Doomed, which was released just a few months after its debut, has all these same elements, but an overall darker tone, presumably paving the way for its upcoming album (the details of which are still fuzzy). If its first single, “The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future,” is any indication, the group has spent the past year doing some considerable growing up, as the song features some of the band’s most somber, reflective lyrics and music to date. Despite this, there are still glimpses of the frantic energy seen on previous albums, showing that although LC! may be growing up, it isn’t outgrowing the excellent elements that have defined the group since day one.
— By Executive Editor Ani Vrabel