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When you've gone through things in life and in love, do they change you? And what can music do?

Things are meant to go one way in life, or so we’re told, then there are the ways in which they do. And the Desire Lines are always there, cutting through.

Not many bands keep going through thick and thin. Camera Obscura have been a group for seventeen years. They’ve made ... Read more in Amazon's Camera Obscura Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MERG
  • ASIN: B00015HVWO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Gazza D on 29 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
I arrived home in an excited frenzy after hearing the song "Suspended from class" on John Peel, late one night driving home. I hadn't heard anything so beautiful for a long time. I was reminded of Dreams by the Cranberries but essentially this band sound more like Belle and Sebastian really. The rest of the album follows in this vain. Lovely pop songs that are melodic, beautifully recorded and constructed. The main attraction is the lead singer's crystal clear voice and their self effacing delivery. Having seen them live you can tell that they're probably never going to be huge but if you're like me they will give you hours of pleasure. Their first album "Big Blue Hi-Fi" is also a bit of a masterpiece.
I've never written a review and probably never will again. I only wrote this because no one else has yet. So if you're browsing and happened upon this page, give it a go. They deserve it. Me and John Peel can't both be wrong.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By washing machine on 3 Dec 2003
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It took a long time coming for this year's best album but it arrived for me in Norwich at a low profile gig in September. Breathtaking in their simplicity and yet complexity, Camera Obscura cut an independent dash through much of the cloned formulas of today's bands. Full of dry wit, matter of fact observation and superb musicianship these girls and boys ought to be everyone's favourites, but they probably won't be because they don't have spiky hair. Hats off to a smiling band who aren't afraid to shake their maracas at you so BEWARE. Go see them live and then, like Victor Kiam and I, you'll love them so much you'll have to buy the album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "benniet5" on 8 Aug 2004
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The seven-piece band offer perfectly constructed, acoustic driven melodies. If their music had an image it would be that of someone curled up in front of a coal fire with a glass of red wine in their hand and a tear in their eye.
Your Picture is the stand out song on this album. It sounds strikingly similar to Suzanne by Leonard Cohen but sung in a Scottish accent. Imagine that.
There is a definite Motown influence on Let Me Go Home. Maybe this influence is referenced in the song: "sound of Temptations...Supremes in our dreams." The song also features a gorgeous refrain which sounds a lot like: "baby love, my baby love."
Underachievers Please Try Harder is a beautiful album. If you don't feel the need for power chords and angry screams but want music that speaks to your soul, buy this.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Edouard Bouffenie on 3 Dec 2003
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Finally got my hands on this album following raving reviews of John Peel and Stuart Murdoch ( Belle & Sebastian ) and not that Camera Obscura do not disappoint, they are actually fantastic and I would rate this album as my favorite from anything which has been released this year.
Delightful catchy pop tunes beautifully crafted, with a songwriting quality which simply makes you wonder if they already existed. The lyrics are fantastic and I would understand the link with Belle & Sebastian. But Camera Obscura sounds different and their atmosphere is different; I would see the similarities in their ability of portraying a wide range of emotions with a unique twist, and brilliant wit!
Favorite tracks are Number one son, Lunar Sea, Keep it Clean... although all of them are fantastic; a must buy for everyone who likes B&S, The Smiths... and actually it would be too simplistic to compare Camera Obscura to anything or anyone.
Deserved to be recognised!
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Prequel
Reviewing background: used to have my own modest fanzine entitled `She Took His Breath Away' which lasted from 1999 through to 2004, and only featured positive reviews. Loved the writing, had to fold it up due to the costs..life, eh?
Some people out there may well reply to my question "Well, of course there has been a better band! What a silly question to pose right at the start of a review..the man's an idiot!"
Okay, they are entitled to think what they like. Besides, what about taking into consideration genres? For instance, Camera Obscura can't be the best punk band from Scotland, can they? We can't compare them to the Alex Harvey Band really, or the very excellent post rockers Mogwai (the early stuff, anyway), or be able to rival the sheer pomp-gloss of Simple Minds (let's face it, who would want to?). No, quite right, but as far as indie pop/rock goes, this absolutely marvellous band really do take some beating, even if you murmur "Belle and Sebastian" at me (although I might listen to you if you sigh "The Bathers"). So, after narrowing down the genre I will now expand the territory. Let's include the whole of the UK. Now then, stick that on your ipod! (Actually, you would be much better off sticking some of their wonderful music on it..from this sheer delight of an album, and Let's Get Out Of The Country, and Biggest Bluest Hi Fi).
We kick off here with a gentle lament (okay, they are all gentle laments, except the quirky ultra superb out and out pop ones) entitled `Suspended From Class', which could have graced Gregory's Girl had the song been around at the time; that scene where Claire Grogan and Gordan Sinclair lie down and do the `hand' dancing. A timeless piece of cinematography, a timeless slice of pop music. And the rest just flows, and flows, and flows.
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