Album review: Camera Obscura
My Maudlin Career
Enter legendary Brit-indie label 4AD (home of Pixies, Throwing Muses, Cocteau Twins), Camera Obscura’s first home that isn’t run from a bedroom/shed/kitchen top, who offer forth the band’s fourth and best collection of songs yet. Make no mistake, this is
a remarkably beautiful record; from principal singer Tracyanne Campbell’s sombre lament that “My maudlin career must come to an end/I don’t want to be sad again” on the title tune, to ‘You Told A Lie’ coming on like Lou Reed’s ‘Coney Island Baby’ with added swoon, to the we’ve-come-to-the-end-of-the-road hymn that is ‘James’ (“He said we could still be friends...”), ‘My Maudlin Career’ is the kind of record that exists to reward those both mad, and sad, in love.
Those of us who’ve been there from the beginning are currently preparing to shunt up to accommodate the inevitable and imminent swelling of the Camera Obscura fanclub…
Camera Obscura NME Artist Page
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