Desire Lines

June 4, 2013 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 3, 2013
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2013 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 50:22
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00CTWK05M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,057 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

I think this reflects the change in producer, as well as improvement in musical skill.
N. Anderson
Because four years was a long time to wait, I really can't say it was worth the wait, but I can say that I'm glad the new album is finally out.
Jeffrey Kahn
Perhaps not as consistently strong from song to song, but very good with excellent production values.
Daevad Tajkowski

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Anderson on June 5, 2013
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Too many bands feel a need to change a winning formula, to dramatically vary their sound from album to album. Thankfully, that does not apply to Camera Obscura. For at least the last three albums, they've been perfecting a specific sound, and this is no departure. While aspects feel more polished (certainly there's no opening violin on their previous efforts), Tracyanne Campbell's ethereal voice, and Kevin McKeeve's guitar continue to lead a 60's-70's sound, and the combination of sad lyrics and bittersweet-to-happy music continues to please. Kind of a Beach Boys meets the Mamas and the Papas in a land-locked, rainy and cold climate kind of sound. Maybe. Give it a listen.

None of which should be read to imply this formula is tired, or the album isn't fresh. The musicality is notably improved, with a bit less "live" feeling than previous efforts, and the sound is a bit crisper. I think this reflects the change in producer, as well as improvement in musical skill. And while frequently Camera Obscura has had some great tunes, I think "Every Weekday" marks the first real guitar riff I've noticed in their work. The addition of Neko Case on backing vocals works well.

It's not the only Camera Obscura album I'd get ("Let's Get Out of This Country" continues to be where you should start) but it is no disappointment, and I look forward to listening to it for some time to come.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Kahn on June 4, 2013
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Camera Obscura has taken another step in the direction of sounding like an American band, specifically, a band that might be on American AM radio in the 60's or 70's. Fans of earlier Camera Obscura albums will find Desire Lines to be a logical progression from My Maudlin Career, although it's really only a small step considering four years have passed since that album. Production is a bit more polished, perhaps, but the songs themselves come from the same general direction. And it's a good direction.

The songs themselves are mostly strong, but there are some that are weaker than others. The single Do It Again is danceable and catchy, but I don't see it as the standout song on the album. To me Cri Du Coeur nails the Camera Obscura vibe more than any other song. With a rhythm like a slowed-down version of The Blizzard, and a tasteful use of the minor fourth, this song evokes a very modern but early 60's feel. Other songs (Fifth in Line to the Throne, I Missed Your Party) also evoke an early 60's feel, partly because of the innocence of some of the lyrics ("I'm genuinely sorry that I missed your party..."). Some older Camera Obscura ground is again covered; New Year's Resolution in some ways feels like a follow-up to 2001's Happy New Year in title as well as 2009's My Maudlin Career (the song) in sound. Break It To You Gently is catchy enough that it should probably be the next single. Time will tell.

Although the songs are mostly strong, the band's performances are even stronger. Tracyanne Campbell's vocals are as beautiful as ever. I know that Neko Case sang backup on some songs, but her vocals meld so nicely with Campbell's that it's hard to hear Case at all. This is not a problem because, whereas Neko Case has a wonderful voice, Campbell's voice stands right up to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By techmannn on July 18, 2013
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The ringing guitars are back and the lilting tones are back. There's a lot of echo added to every single vocal track, which you are either gonna love or dislike. Quite pleased with this CD over all. These tracks make me want to see them live again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dreamland on June 10, 2013
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I have all of Camera Obscura's albums and although I don't find Desire Lines to be as "hit heavy" as "Let's get out of this Country" or "My Maudlin Career" I think this is their best album from start to finish. It's so refreshing to put on an album and let it play through and enjoy each and every song without being tempted to hit the skip button. I don't think any song is lower than a B grade and most I'd give a B+ or an A- and my favorite song of the album "Troublemaker" I'd have to give an A+ to although from the many other reviews I've read everyone seems to have a different favorite song and that's how you can tell a good album in my opinion so many closely good songs that there is no clear favorite. You can listen to this album many times over again and again and I appreciate the songs more and more with getting sick of it either as evidenced by me playing it around my family all week and my parents and siblings who've never heard them before all want to buy this album for themselves now. I really Camera Obscura especially Tracyanne's singing and song writing and can't wait to see them play later this month!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stark on August 9, 2013
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Really just started listening to Camera Obscura, and I am enjoying them a great deal. Like what I heard of this album from the stream on NPR. If you already like the band, then you're going to love this one too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Marble Faun on August 7, 2013
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This album is a grower. It didn't grab me from the first listen, the way that "Let's Get Out of This Country", but over the last couple of months, it has really sunk in how sublime this album is. One of the most underrated bands on the planet right now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg E. on July 14, 2013
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It's a pretty good album, but it's just missing a few standout songs that the last two albums had. "My Maudlin Career" had the instantly infectious "French Navy", and "Let's Get out of this Country" had "Lloyd" and "If Looks Could Kill". This album has a bunch of nice songs, but I find the previous 2 stand higher.
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