Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career

Glasgow's Camera Obscura are a band out of time; they would've fit in nicely with pre-bat shit-crazy Phil Spector producing their album.  They last couple of albums have a very "Wall of Sound" feel to them.  The sweet vocals of Tracyanne Campbell fit in quite nicely with the bands sound.

My Maudlin Career starts off with the starkly upbeat "French Navy," upbeat isn't always what the band shoots for.  But, what is noticeably different on this album compare to their phenomenal Let's Get Out of The Country is how the lyrics have shifted from being love lorn to being happy to search for love and giving love.  It's most notable on the song "The Sweetest Thing" as she sings "I'm goin' on a date tonight/to try and fall in love with you."  It seems that the protagonist in most of their songs have found love at one point and even if it hasn't worked out the way she expected, she's still happy to have experienced it.

Another notable departure from their last album is the lack of horns on this album, they've been replaced by string arrangements.  That's not necessarily a bad thing, I just miss them.

My Maudlin Career will be out on April 21 via 4AD, you can pre-order it here.  

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