Personnel: Erik Holm , Erik Arvinder, Andreas Forsman (violin); Lena Bergstrm (cello); Tomas Hallonsten (accordion); Jari Haapalainen (percussion); Britta Persson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Christoffer Lundquist.
Recording information: Cosmos Studio; Dubious; Park Studios.
Photographer: Susie Young.
With their second full-length album, Camera Obscura escapes the "shadow" of comparisons with kindred pals Belle & Sebastian. Their songs aren't nearly as satirical or demurely sarcastic as those of their fellow Scots; rather, Camera Obscura express their harmonious melancholy in a much more straightforward manner, while still sharing an obvious love for infectious hooks born of 1960s folk-rock, mainstream pop, Motown, and new wave. Imagine if ABBA had lovably low-fi basement/bedroom production, and you'll come close to the poignant charms of Camera Obscura's COUNTRY.
Spin (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "From its bluntly impertinent lyrics to its propulsive, Motown-inflected rhythms, the band's third album is indie pop that's baroque..."
Q (p.112) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They] specialise in the kind of bookish retro-pop that once defined fellow Glaswegians Belle & Sebastian."
CMJ (p.7) - "Camera Obscura stick to throwback AM radio-friendly nuggets throughout, almost all of which mask desperation with major keys and catchy hooks. Maybe pop is the new goth?"
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a killer record....Campbell's soaring, clear voice is devastating in its sweetness."