No Blues

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No Blues
Los Campesinos! - No Blues.jpg
Studio album by Los Campesinos!
Released 29 October 2013
Recorded 2013
Genre Indie rock, indie pop
Length 41:39
Label Wichita, Turnstile Music, Heart Swells
Producer John Goodmanson, Tom Campesinos!
Los Campesinos! chronology
Hello Sadness
(2011)Hello Sadness2011
No Blues
(2013)
A Los Campesinos! Christmas
(2014)A Los Campesinos! Christmas2014
Singles from No Blues
  1. "What Death Leaves Behind"
    Released: 29 August 2013
  2. "Avocado, Baby"
    Released: 08 October 2013

No Blues is the fifth studio album by Welsh indie rock band Los Campesinos!. The album was produced by John Goodmanson and the band's guitarist, Tom Campesinos!.[1] It is the band's first album without founding bassist Ellen Campesinos!, who left the group in late 2012.

The album was released on 29 October 2013 on Wichita Recordings, Turnstile Music and Heart Swells.[1] It is the band's first album not to be distributed in North America by Arts & Crafts Productions.

The first single, "What Death Leaves Behind" was released as a free download on the band's SoundCloud page on 29 August 2013.[2] The second single, "Avocado, Baby" was released on 8 October 2013.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "For Flotsam" 3:43
2. "What Death Leaves Behind" 3:37
3. "A Portrait of the Trequartista as a Young Man" 3:01
4. "Cemetery Gaits" 4:52
5. "Glue Me" 5:04
6. "As Lucerne/The Low" 4:22
7. "Avocado, Baby" 4:36
8. "Let It Spill" 3:20
9. "The Time Before the Last Time" 2:47
10. "Selling Rope (Swan Dive to Estuary)" 6:17
Total length: 41:39

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. Club B+[5]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound 8.0/10 stars[7]
MusicOMH 4.5/5 stars[8]
The Line of Best Fit 8.5/10 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media 8.0/10[10]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[11]
This is Fake DIY 4/5 stars[12]

Initial critical response was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 79, based on 17 reviews. [13] This was the band's highest Metacritic average since We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed in 2008. The A.V. Club named the album the 18th best album of 2013 in their annual year-end list.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Battan, Carrie (2013-08-29). "Los Campesinos! Announce New Album No Blues, Share Song "What Death Leaves Behind"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  2. ^ Los Campesinos!. "What Death Leaves Behind by Los Campesinos! on SoundCloud - Hear the world’s sounds". SoundCloud. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Martins, Chris (2013-10-08). "Los Campesinos! Celebrate the 'Avocado, Baby' on Upbeat Single". Spin. Retrieved 2013-10-09. 
  4. ^ Sendra, Tim. "No Blues - Los Campesinos! : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Kyle. "Music Review: Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Bosman, Chris (Nov 1, 2013). "Album Review: Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved Nov 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Burrows, Marc. "Los Campesinos! - No Blues / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Meller, David (24 October 2013). "Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Tapley, Chris. "Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Album Review: Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Kaill, Gary (22 October 2013). "Album Review: Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Wright, Danny. "Album Review: Los Campesinos! - No Blues". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Los Campesinos!:No Blues (2013):Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Album review: The 23 Best Albums of 2013". The A.V. Club.