The Smell Of Our Own - The Hidden Cameras
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  • Summary: If you can picture an explicitly gay version of the Polyphonic Spree recording church music, then you have a general idea of this unconventional debut album from Toronto, Canada's Hidden Cameras.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
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  1. Sounds like a partnership ceremony between R.E.M. and the Magnetic Fields, with Phil Spector presiding. [Listen 2 This supplement, May 2003, p.25]
  2. As long as you are open, you will love this album. It will be as important to a lot of people as 'The Queen Is Dead'.
  3. With an open approach to queer sexuality and radical politics, The Smell of Our Own offers an alternative to the saccharine teen spirit we're so used to sniffing. It's a sensual celebration of stinky, real-life sexuality.
  4. This is the stuff memorable summer days are made of.
  5. Imagine if a Morrissey-style frontman--sharp, tender and taboo-breaking--was also sexual. [May 2003, p.107]
  6. In the indie universe, rarely do groups making such live spectacles have albums to back up the show--but this charming, smart, lush pop is a notable exception. [June 2003, p.97]
  7. 70
    Gibb's mixture of gay and Christian imagery is potent, and his vision of music as a grand communal experience is backed up by some memorable tunes. [Apr 2003, p.112]

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. paulha
    Apr 30, 2003
    Exquisitely, explicitly enjoyable.
  2. KirstyD
    May 27, 2003
    Absolutely, totally lush.
  3. EricaK
    Oct 6, 2004
    For me, this was one of those rare albums that seemed to open up a new window. It's great when something like that happens to blow the dust off the limits of what you though were your tastes. The lyrics are at once clever, sensitive, and shocking and the music divine. Expand
  4. KristianJ
    Nov 7, 2004
    These songs have been lliving inside my head for quite a while now. It makes me wanna do the front singer so much. even when he's singing about how he loves pee! Expand

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