Hello Sadness is the fourth record by Los Campesinos! Its 10 tracks cover what we are coming to recognize as core Los Campesinosconcerns - love, loss, heartbreak, football (always football). But this is a record that's wiser and more focused than its predecessors, confident in its abilities and clear in its aims. Recorded earlier this year in Girona, Spain by producer John Goodmanson - responsible for the septet's previous two albums, 2008's We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed and 2010's Romance is Boring - Hello Sadness is Los Campesinos! at their most melodic, direct and exhilarating. It is an honest, bare-bones documentation of two people breaking up and trying not to break up in the process, and is simultaneously the most focused collection by Los Campesinos! to date. Ever present are the wry observations, the razor-sharp wordplay and the band's varied instrumentation, combined with some of the saddest, world-weary confessionals Los Campesinos! have ever recorded. Indeed, Hello Sadness is wise beyond its years, exhibited not only in the sincerity, poetry and honesty of its lyrical content, but by the instrumental dynamics of its songs: a band that previously all put their foot on the accelerator pedal at once, a key element of their high octane sound, have learned how to take turns and let each other drive.