This article is about the Los Campesinos! album. For the album's title song, see Romance Is Boring (song).
Romance Is Boring is the third studio album by indie pop band Los Campesinos!. It was recorded in multiple locations in the United States and Wales and was produced by John Goodmanson. It was released on 26 January 2010 in the United States and on 1 February in the United Kingdom. It features guest appearances from Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu, Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls, and Jherek Bischoff of The Dead Science. The album was described by frontman Gareth as being about "the death and decay of the human body, sex, lost love, mental breakdown, football and, ultimately, that there probably isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel". It is the band's final release to feature vocalist and keyboardist Aleksandra Campesinos!, who amicably left the band in August 2009, after the album had been recorded.
All lyrics written by Gareth Campesinos! (apart from tracks four and eleven by Aleks Campesinos! and Gareth Campesinos!); all music composed by Tom Campesinos!, all string arrangements by Harriet and Tom Campesinos!.
||"In Medias Res"
||"There Are Listed Buildings"
||"Romance Is Boring"
||"We've Got Your Back (Documented Minor Emotional Breakdown #2)"
||"Straight in at 101"
||"Who Fell Asleep In"
||"I Warned You: Do Not Make an Enemy of Me"
||"I Just Sighed. I Just Sighed, Just So You Know"
||"A Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters from Me to Charlotte"
||"The Sea Is a Good Place to Think of the Future"
||"This Is a Flag. There Is No Wind"
||"Coda: A Burn Scar in the Shape of the Sooner State"
||"Too Many Flesh Suppers"
Album sound and influences
The album generally stays true to the band's original indie pop genre. However, they were also applauded for greatly expanding their sound. When speaking of the album's influences, guitarist Tom Campesinos! cited Pavement, Guided by Voices, Blur and Modest Mouse as major influences upon the album. Gareth Campesinos! cites novelist B. S. Johnson as an influence and references some of his work in the lyrics on the album.
Initial critical response was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 75, based on 24 reviews.  British music magazine NME gave the album a positive 8/10 review, naming it "a significant step forward", in comparison to previous material. However, other reviews were less than positive, fellow British music magazine Uncut stated that "the band have beefed up their sound, at the expense of their spindly charm."
- Aleksandra Campesinos! – lead vocals, keyboard
- Ellen Campesinos! – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Gareth Campesinos! – lead vocals, glockenspiel
- Harriet Campesinos! – violin, keyboard
- Neil Campesinos! – guitar, backing vocals
- Ollie Campesinos! – drums
- Tom Campesinos! – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Kim Campesinos! – shruti box, piccolo
- Zac Pennington – backing vocals
- Jamie Stewart – vocals
- Eric Corson – vocals, engineering
- Jherek Bischoff – vocals, trombone, double bass
- Izaak Mills – saxophone, flute
- Samantha Boshnack – trumpet, flugel horn
- John Goodmanson – production, recording, mixing
- Guy Davie – mastering