Desire Lines - Camera Obscura
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  • Summary: The fifth album for the Scottish band was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine and features guest appearances from Neko Case and Jim James.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    90
    Here it results in some of their best and most confident work to date.
  2. 85
    Desire Lines is another gorgeously-crafted pop record from a band that make them look easy; melody, harmony and sophistication are all present in abundance.
  3. May 31, 2013
    80
    More so than any other Camera Obscura record, Desire Lines taps into a girl group aesthetic--that is, lushly arranged songs about scorned lovers and keeping hope alive, always with a bit of advice thrown in, or at the very least a lesson learned.
  4. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    In upbeat pop mode, the quintet are impressive, but when slipping downtempo into ballads, Camera Obscura are in a league of their own. [Jul 2013, p.100]
  5. Sep 5, 2013
    78
    Camera Obscura's done it again.
  6. Desire Lines is undoubtedly a Camera Obscura album, but it might be their first that is more suited to quiet winter nights inside, rather than the sunny side of things that dominated their sound on their previous albums.
  7. Jun 6, 2013
    58
    Yet even Campbell can’t save Desire Lines from coming off as creatively stagnant, just as pretty as ever but overwhelmingly pedestrian.

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  1. Jun 5, 2013
    10
    If you know anything about this band, you will love this cd. They just keep building on what they do best- providing music to the heart and soul. Tracyanne continues to write such heartfelt music and the production continues to reflect an era past, but is so current as well. I love this band! Expand