In Camera - Arthur & Yu
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  • Summary: With influences from the Velvet Underground and Lee Hazlewood, the Seattle-based duo of Grant Olsen and Sonya Westcott release their debut album.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It’s successful on pretty much every count for two main reasons: 1. It’s well-written and blearily produced; and 2. It's self-aware and not neurotic.
  2. Their debut has a great deal of shadowy appeal: there are lyrics about ghosts and secrets, set to drowsy washes of guitar.
  3. Even if In Camera bleeds together and drones toward the end, the early Talking Heads vibe of 'Absurd Hero Manifesto,' the Leonard Cohen sway of 'Come to View (Song for Neil Young),' and the Lee Hazlewood stomp of 'Afterglow,' combined with Arthur & Yu's own flourishes, more than compensate. [Summer 2007, p.78]
  4. In Camera is an impressive debut for both band and label.
  5. An authentic graininess permeates In Camera, like you're listening to the whole thing in sepia-tone - from the coy country call-and-response of 'Come to View (Song For Neil Young)', which could have soundtracked a Jane Fonda film, to the lolloping 'Afterglow', and tambourining of 'Lion's Mouth'. Lush.
  6. It's the kind of music any fledgling music lover deserves to remember.
  7. Arthur & Yu's inconsistently brewed blend of neo-psychedelic indie-folk is definitely an acquired taste and the home-recorded, lo-fi production along with uninspired songwriting renders In Camera incapable of being a worthwhile investment of your listening time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. joyt
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    how can something this warm and fuzzy feel so perfect for a sunny afternoon?
  2. JillW
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    I love A&Y!
  3. SoundFix
    Jul 28, 2007
    10
    It happens. When you run a record store, you
  4. NicolasO
    Jul 26, 2007
    10
    Duh. Best album of the year.
  5. AmosT.
    Jul 27, 2007
    10
    Fantastic! There's nothing "hardly" about the art at this label!
  6. JillD
    Jul 27, 2007
    10
    Love it! Love it! Love it! My kind of music. Superb lyrics- hasn't left my CD player since I bought it!
  7. JasonT
    Jul 26, 2007
    0
    Drags on, nothing innovative about it, boring as all get-out.

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