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People seem to love Camera Obscura, after all there is always room in the world for another Belle and Sebastian. For some reason I’d assumed that their latest album ‘Desire Lines’ had been poorly received yet a flick around the internet reveals that people seem to like that one as well. It's hard not to like them, it would be like hating on a Bedlington Terrier. They are fluffy, harmless, nice.
The lead track on this double 7” extravaganza ‘Break It to Me Gently’ is a charming piece of fluff, slightly over heavy on the China Crisis keyboards and a little sterile production-wise but it's a lovely tune nonetheless that floats along in a twee vintage world all of its own. The B side sounds like a Belle and Sebastian B side so no change there and that keyboard is now really beginning to grate.
On the other disc there is a track called ‘Do It Again’ (not the Beach Boys Classic) which passes off without incident. The production is a slight worry though, Tucker Martine’s work is generally excellent, particularly with wife Laura Veirs, but here it's all a bit thin and scrubbed. Finally ‘Swallows’ (about the bird not the throatal movement) is probably the second best track here with some sweet steel guitar. It's all about picnics, going over bridges, holding hands, watching birds...aaahh. Lovely.
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