CAMERA OBSCURA – My Maudlin Career (2009)

Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career So, having just reviewed the newest Papercuts album, You Can Have What You Want yesterday, I certainly didn’t expect another pop album to come along so quickly that would be able to contest it, but that’s undeniably the case: Camera Obscura’s newest album, My Maudlin Career, is every bit as enjoyable as the Papercuts album, maybe even more so, as there’s an elegance to it that You Can Have What You Want (although a lovely collection of recordings), is lacking at its core.

Being from Glasgow, it is easiest to compare Camera Obscura to Belle & Sebastian, as both bands share a love for blissfully refined pop, in addition to a regional proximity. But unlike Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura favor a less modern production and simpler arrangements (though they’re certainly not lacking in the strings/horns department). So, in that regard, My Maudlin Career more closely resembles Jens Lekman’s latest album, Night Falls Over Kortedala – not only is the music similar, but content-wise, both albums share an affinity for the classic boy v. girl pop thematics (as opposed to the thorough narratives which make up much of Belle & Sebastian’s oeuvre).

Now, I’m in a bit of a tricky position here – gun to my head, which album should you go out and purchase if you’re inclined to here some pop and don’t want to sift through the radio: My Maudlin Career or You Can Have What You Want. Well, after thinking about for a bit, I’m going to have to say whichever one a quarter will get you. Yes. A quarter. To figure it out, all you need to do is flip it. That should do it.

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