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My Maudlin Career

Camera ObscuraAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Camera Obscura - The Sweetest Thing


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 (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B001T46U32
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Pure and unabashed pop bliss" --Filter

"A gorgeous pop album, to say the least." --Under the Radar

"The band's finest year, with 10 succinct tunes that artfully blend the musical signifiers of the 60's with clever songwriting." --Paste

Product Description

As the title suggests, their new album shares with the listener an affectionate wit and a melancholy tendency towards life's daily routines and relationships. Yet it also boasts and expands on the affected pop elements explored on their breakout album, "Let's Get Out Of This Country". It's no wonder Camera Obscura are often mentioned in the same sentences as fellow Scots Belle & Sebastian, indie rock faves The Lucksmiths, and music legends The Smiths

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By monte
Format:Audio CD
After their last album "Let's Get Out Of The Country" achieved breakthrough-of-sorts status thanks to an exceptional lead single, "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken", the Glasgow indie band now finds itself on the legendary, seminal 4AD label.
The renowned Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen - whose past credits - Peter Bjorn And John, The Concretes, Ed Harcourt - give one an idea of the richly textured soundscapes he can co-create - is back for his second outing with the band, building on the dense production introduced on their third album, which is purely and simply about love.
It starts in a resolutely non-maudlin mode. The upbeat Phil Spector-esque "French Navy", the opening track, is 60s pop with strings, and a vocal echo that lends itself so well to Tracyanne Campbell's voice, sending it ethereal. At times it reminds me of Canadian Jann Arden and American Natalie Merchant of 10,00 Maniacs. The bittersweet song is typical of Campbell's oeuvre in that it's unspeakably lovely, but so delicate it doesn't live long in the memory. Her soft Glaswegian accent and soft, nasal tones suit the fragility and juvenility of a 'he-loves-me-he-loves-me-not' sentimentality.
Elsewhere, there's a blissful summery quality to "The Sweetest Thing", while the country-ish "Away With Murder" showcases the singer's fondness for kitchen-sink realism.
"How many times have you told me you want to die?" she sings. "How many times have you told me that you've tried?". Rarely have lines as sombre been wrapped in a package as pretty.
The Glaswegian outfit deliver their finest outing, with seductive songs such as "Careless Love", sweeping strings and Tracyanne Campbell evoking the spirit of The Shangri-Las over thumping drums on the title track.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maudlin Eloquence April 21, 2009
By tmonnn
Format:Audio CD
An eagerly anticipated album for those of us who have overdone it listening to Let's Get out of This Country. More uptempo than its predecessor, maybe a bit more of a Country flavor here and there. Eloquent, sometimes playful songs of heartache, loss and lonliness. A nostalgic and dreamlike musical atmosphere brought about in part by classic use of reverb and a warm, retro organ sound. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Encapsulated... November 3, 2009
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I fell in love with this album just a few days ago. It's a gem. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that "French Navy" makes tears well up in my eyes. Each song shoots straight at my heart with a arrow dipped in a warm, sharp, bittersweet pool of magical poison. The sense of acoustic/physical space and the 'wall of sound' harken less to indie rock then to huge Phil Spector productions of the 1960s and 1970s. I'm especially reminded of George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass." Take the mixed tempos, gorgeous tones, and beautiful melodies, emotively sung and with just the right ornament over the just the right harmony, and you have pop music perfection.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the pleasures of the previous album July 19, 2009
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Veteran Scottish band Camera Obscura issued its best album with its 2006 release "Let's Get Out Of This Country" and then after a lot of touring and the inevitable and necessary time off fter that, the band now finally comes back with its new album.

"My Maudlin Career" (11 tracks; 46 min.) starts off with the immediately catchy "French Navy" and it becomes immediately clear that, despite having changed record labels since its previous album, the band is continuing on the musical groove of its previous album. The songs roll along gently, and I never tire of lead singer's Tracyanne Caombells' voice. It's hard to pinpoint highlights as such as the album presents itself as one cohesive unit (in other words: a true album), but my personal favorite tracks (besides the already mentioned "French Nacy") include "Away With Murder", the gentle but irresitble "Swans", the ballad "Careless Love", and the hauntingly beautiful "Other Towns & Cities".

In all, "My Maudlin Career" is a fine album, but for me just a tad too closely in musical texture to the band's previous album. Finally, if you wonder where you can here these guys, check out internet-only WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), which brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career 8/10 May 18, 2009
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Camera Obscura is good at what they do. Fans of the band and even casual listeners can easily attest to this after the magnum opus that was 06's Let's Get Out Of This Country, where frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell and fellow Scots bandmates gave themselves over to Lloyd Cole and looked very much like the successors to Belle & Sebastian's eminently catchy brand of twee-pop. It becomes clear right out of the gate that, with My Maudlin Career, their success has in no way put a damper on their talents - Campbell still has that slightly accented purr down pat, a sexy and sweet mix between Jenny Lewis and Victoria Bergsman, and the band's orchestrated `60s pop/folk keeps chugging cheerfully along no matter how downcast Campbell sounds.

And make no mistake about it; My Maudlin Career is a darker record than Country, although you wouldn't know it from the delightful opener and first single "French Navy." Where countrymen Belle & Sebastian made their mark via clever turns of phrase and sly, smart lyrical conventions, Camera Obscura are romantics at heart, using a bouncy string-backed beat to frame convictions of love like "I was waiting to be struck by lightning / waiting for somebody exciting" before bursting into a four-on-the-floor chorus replete with arching, ascending strings as a yearning Campbell sings "I wanted to control it / but love, I couldn't hold it." It's the catchiest, most straightforward song on the record, the band's corollary to Country's excellent "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken." Obscura's well-toned pop hooks are sunk even deeper on the following "The Sweetest Thing," where the contrast between Campbell's heartsick lyrics and the upbeat, sing-a-long chorus is highlighted and makes a deceptively simple song into a thing of tragic beauty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar Sweet Scottish Pop
Don't bother reading reviews on Amazon, just get this record. It's as near to perfect as I can stand. Do it, now.
Published 3 months ago by coreyj
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay
I was addicted to this album during a break up I had about five years ago. I recently heard a song that was on this album while shopping at Publix and thought, "Wow this is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Hencoski
5.0 out of 5 stars only one regret concerning this album
and that is I wish I had gotten it sooner. it's that good. such a sweet voice, accompanied by great musicianship.
Published 10 months ago by jp
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Album.
If you are new to Camera Obscura I rate this album #1. Let's Get Out of This Country and Biggest Bluest HiFi are also favorites. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RedFox20
5.0 out of 5 stars My Maudlin Career
I'm so glad I finally bought it!!!
I will probably buy the rest of their music at some point :)
Published 16 months ago by P. Michalek
5.0 out of 5 stars Another GREAT album by Camera Obscura!!!
I have to say that after stumbling upon a music video by this group by accident a few months ago, I've fallen in love with these guys, their music is just incredible! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Russ-G
5.0 out of 5 stars My Maudlin Career
This was purchased as a gift for someone in their 20's who was delighted with the item. The seller packaged the item so it arrived perfect, and it was shipped quickly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by B
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshing
Album is amazing, the song James has to be one of the most beautifully heartbreaking songs I've ever heard in my life.
Published 21 months ago by John Conno
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
god i love this album... "the sweetest thing" popped up on my pandora account and I was instantly hooked. Read more
Published on June 6, 2012 by moony9013
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I've ever heard.
Camera Obscura originally captured my attention in April 2009 when I heard the title track of this album on a video segment on Good Morning America a few days prior to its release. Read more
Published on June 17, 2011 by Elizabeth81091
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