Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi [Merge]

Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi [Merge]

by Camera Obscura

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Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi [Merge]

You really can't discuss Camera Obscura without mentioning Belle & Sebastian. That group's Stuart Murdoch produces Camera Obscura's debut, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi; both groups hail from the part of Scotland where Felt, Donovan, the Pastels, and Heavenly are gods; and they both write smart, sweet indie pop songs with hearts on sleeve and tears on eyelash. Stop right there if you are thinking that Camera Obscura is a copyist, though. Stop and listen, because there is much to love about the band. First off are Tracyanne Campbell's remarkably sweet and rich vocals; she sings most of the leads (though John Henderson chimes in on leads and harmonies time to time) and has the kind of voice that will melt anyone who had a thing for Tracey Thorn. The songs are hooky and simple, based on classic indie pop chord changes and lovingly spiced with all sorts of sonic candy like chirping horns, gentle organ fills, handclaps, twangy-guitar solos, and swooning strings. The girl group-inspired "Eighties Fan" is undoubtedly the highlight, but almost any other tune would fit in swimmingly on an indie pop highlights mixtape. In fact, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi makes a strong case for Camera Obscura as one of the best indie pop bands to come down the pike since, well, Belle & Sebastian.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Merge Records
UPC: 0036172955626
catalogNumber: 29556
Rank: 77993

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Camera Obscura   Primary Artist
John Henderson   Band
Greg Lawson   Strings
Elizabeth Edwards   Strings
Geoff Allan   sleigh bells
Stuart Murdoch   Guitar
Cheryl Crockett   Strings
Murray Ferguson   Strings
Lorna Leitch   Strings
Nigel Baillie   Trumpet
Tracyanne Campbell   Band
Gavin Dunbar   Band
Kenny McKeeve   Band
Allan McCallum   Guitar
Lee Thomson   Band
Lisa Webb   Strings
Allan McCallum   Guitar
Lindsay Boyd   Band

Technical Credits

Ariane Maclean   Cover Design
Geoff Allan   Engineer
Stuart Murdoch   Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Camera Obscura   String Arrangements
Tracyanne Campbell   Composer

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