Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Camera Obscura's Maudlin Career

I'm not going to lie, I'm a bit biased when it comes to Camera Obscura. I have loved everything that they've released and their latest album My Maudlin Careeris no different. Shedding more and more of the Belle and Sebastian lite tag that they used to have attached to their name, Camera Obscura have truly grown into their own and become a magnificent indie pop band.

My Maudlin Careersees the band taking their indie pop in a balanced direction. Equally sweeping and countrified, upbeat and intimate Camera Obscura have brilliantly combined their two strengths into one giant behemoth of a record. With strings, organ, lilting vocals, slide guitar, and melodies sweeter than honeydew, Camera Obscura will tug at your heart and just might not let go. That's not a bad thing because the songs are so lovelorn, fragile, and tender you can't help but get drawn in to vocalist Tracyanne's tales of woe.

If you think you have it bad, then you haven't had the same sorts of relationships that Tracyanne has. The poor girl has had her heart broken in two more times than I can count and she details how it happened on just about every song. When she says, "Relationships was something I used to do," you just want to give her a hug. My Maudlin Career is music for broken hearts wrapped up in a package of twangy guitars and harmonies and then sealed with a kiss.

While My Maudlin Career doesn't share the twee pop shimmer of Underachievers Please Try Harder, it's none the less a brilliant record. Their dusty, dear, and delicate pop is something to cherish and it's the sort of record that has the ability to make you happy/sad at a moments notice. The band's ability to be jaunty and jangly and then mellow and intimate is a sign of the band's maturity and their versatility as songwriters. My Maudlin Career is an awesome album that's emotionally charged and filled with fantastic chamber pop that might just make you cry.

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