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  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Arts and Crafts
  • ASIN: B002KPW3XK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BBC Review

For the best part of a decade The Hidden Cameras have been sprinkling audacious wit, marvellously dodgy subject matter and oodles of camp all over the indie-pop world. And for that we should be ever grateful – it can be a maudlin, drippy place, you know.

Now while their flamboyant, balaclava-donning, dance troupe-propelled shows in porn theatres, churches, parks and art galleries have been a joy to behold  over the years, they have often distracted from the fact that when frontman Joel Gibb gets down to it, he can really, really write. Superb last album Awoo was testament to the band leader’s talent and ever-growing expertise, and with Origin:Orphan one can safely say he has bettered it and then some, exceeding all expectations in the process.

The fourth offering from the Canadian outfit is a glorious, heart-swelling mix of dramatic string-seeped arias, choral folk and synth-y sing-alongs. It kicks off with the epic Ratify the New, which hovers in a buzzing musical limbo for around two minutes before Gibb’s unmistakeable croon breaks the tension and the song finally bursts into life: all trotting rhythms and string flourishes. What a start.

From then on these 11 tracks comprise a pretty much perfect romp through the emotions, as exquisitely crafted and arranged ditties paint romantic pictures of tenderness, melancholy and, erm, underage sex – which coming from a man who has written about water sports (in the very adult sense of the word) in the past is tame indeed.

Less controversial these days perhaps, but there are plenty more surprises to come. Do I Belong? marks the band’s first foray into electro-pop territory and is a winning one at that, and Walk On, with its roaring guitars and horns, is by far and away the gutsiest sound The Hidden Cameras have ever committed to record. Most importantly, however, Origin:Orphan finds them finally able to out-wow the full spectacle of their magnificent shows, proving they are a serious and sophisticated musical force to be reckoned with as well as a mind-blowingly good gigging proposition The full package, at last. --Camilla Pia

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Hidden Cameras, front man Joel Gibb recently announced that " naivety is kind of worn, I would say." Which portends I would speculate that this is new album is a step towards a more mature earnest direction which when you consider that their last album was titled Awoo and book ended by two songs about water sports ( that's water sports in the adult specialist web-site sense lest you are confused )would not take much doing .
Mind you looking at the song break down on the insert notes there is still plenty that to signify that the trademark HC sound will be still be pulsing out of the speakers given that there are violins, horns, viola's French Horns double bass and even choirs. It might be serious stuff about.... well whatever it's about -alienation love and longing ( the tile track asks "Who in the world put me here to be all on my own ?) but surely it will be still set to serotonin pulsing capricious tunes with hooks so big they could land a Jurassic sea dweller?
Except that isn't the case either. .The music is still capable of being playful -"Underage " has ridiculous harmonies, scratchy funk guitar and the lyrics "I'll pretend you're seven , You'll pretend I'm eight " but mostly Origin Orphan see's the music morph into something more elegant, reflective and almost classical in composition at times.
"Ratify The New " ushers the album in on menacing droning keyboards. It sounds more like God Speed You Black Emperor than the merry pop deviants we are so familiar with. It's bit of a shock , like finding out Anthea Turner loves death metal , but once the vocals and high tension strings kick in things adjust to business as normal .....
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This latest offering from The Hidden Cameras is on a par with the classic "The Smell of our Own" which came out several years ago. The tracks are clever, melodic and extremely hummable,the orchestrations sharp and sassy. My only slight gripe is that the lead singer (who actually has a lovely timbre to his vocals) does not enunciate the lyrics clearly enough for the listener to pick them out and sing along - otherwise this release would get 5 stars from me.
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The music of Hidden Cameras evokes sweeping dream-like landscapes both pastoral and urban. Each track has it's own imagery - from the epic (Ratify the New), to the whimsical (In the NA)to the intimate (Colour Of A Man). Lyrically, there seems to be a pathos towards anyone who is or has been a social outcast - culminating with the song "Silence Can Be A Headline." The production values feature dense layered vocals coupled with rich instrumentation. Hidden cameras seems to draw inspiration from classic post-punk groups like Joy Division and Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. This is a fantastic album that served as my introduction to the band. They are everything I look for in the groups I've filed as "Indispensable Albums" to be carted out of the house in the event of fire, flood or famine.
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