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Released: 10.01.20







Hey Ho Let’s Not Go could be The Just Joans’ theme song, all self-referential and tongue-in-cheek, displaying a world-weary cynicism and sounding like Los Campesinos! on downers.

The Pope siblings have been perfecting their indie since 2005 and now a sextet, they recall the poppy brilliance of The Beautiful South on tracks like Who Does Susan Think She Is, full of witty put-downs of their own pretentious friends. They have the cheek to lift the riff from Motorcycle Emptiness on Wee Guy Bobby… but get away with it because the songs are so well-crafted and clever. The One I Loathe The Least is the best anti-love love song you’ll hear this decade and this is the first best album of 2020


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