Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career

May 24, 2009

mymaudlincareer“When you’re lucid, you’re the sweetest thing…”

My Maudlin Career, the latest album from Scottish band Camera Obscura, will sound heaven sent for fans of the band and for indie pop fans in general. Time will tell if it’s their masterpiece, but it’s certainly a career high for them both musically and lyrically. The 11 tracks included here are all lushly produced with a heavy 60’s influence, and feature a string section accompaniment on many of the songs, put to effective use on the first single, “French Navy,” as well as on “The Sweetest Thing” and especially “Careless Love.” If My Maudlin Career has a flaw, it’s that it seems to strike one very melancholy note throughout, though in fact it’s got its share of uptempo numbers. That small quibble aside, this is a pretty terrific indie pop record. Standout cuts: “French Navy,” “The Sweetest Thing,” “Swans” and “My Maudlin Career.”


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