My Maudlin Career - Camera Obscura
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Scottish band was produced by Jari Haapalainen.
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. My Maudlin Career is the kind of record that exists to reward those both mad, and sad, in love.
  2. Maturity is a central concept to Camera Obscura--Campbell's found it in her singing, but in her lyrics, the search continues. The asymmetries in her personality give her songs their distinct character.
  3. The result is a flawless blend of sunny pop, Motown, blues and jazz with the cleanest production in Camera Obscura's catalog.
  4. My Maudlin Career offers soul and sophistication in abundance.
  5. My Maudlin Career is just such a uniformly endearing record. It’s sentimental, yes, but pleasantly so, charming in its own little way.
  6. 70
    On their fourth album, this Scottish indie-pop band's fondness for woeful heartache and Phil Spector–esque production reaches a poignant peak.
  7. 60
    Nothing is a strong as 'Hey Lloyd...' and Traceyanne Campbell's lachrymose croon is struggling to find new melodies, but on tracks like 'French Navy' and 'Honey In The Sun,' CO remain heartbreakingly lucid. [May 2009, p.80]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. TimE
    Apr 23, 2009
    This bands catalog of music has been flawless thus far and this new masterpiece is no exception. Band of the decade. Sheer brilliance in every note. It wont get better than this all year. Pure Bliss. Expand
  2. matta
    Apr 22, 2009
    So glad that this album is doing well on here. My favorite of the year thus far.
  3. dephot
    Apr 22, 2009
    My Maudlin Career finds Camera Obscura at their peak. Full control over their best of times/worst of times dynamic wrapped in infectious melodies and nectar infused vocals. The songwriting is a logical next move from their breakthrough "Let's Get out of this Country" from 2006. Tracyanne Campbell has written some gems here. "James" "French Navy" & My Maudlin Career" are great places to start. Great album. Expand
  4. smithsgirl
    May 19, 2009
    This is a great album, make no mistake, yet it doesn't quite reach the dizzying and beautiful heights of Underachievers or Let's Get Out. Nor quite have the immediacy of those two albums. Still if it's the album which gives them their deserved and long overdue breakthrough, I'm not complaining. If My Maudlin Career is your first foray into Camera Obscura, check out their earlier stuff, it will delight you even more. Expand
  5. JamesB
    Jul 16, 2009
    Pure unbridled bliss! So melodic, so beautifully sad, so absolutely awesome!
  6. Feb 14, 2013
    This is the album that exposed me to Camera Obscura, and I must admit, I love some these tracks on this album. The opener "French Navy" is one of the best indie pop openers I've ever heard. The vocals are gentle and cute in the most harmonic way. The whole record sounds like this girl that has just discovered love and can't get enough of it. All In All, the lyrics are very joyous and the production very crisp. Camera Obscura are a great indie pop band, and indie pop's not really my forte. Expand