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Underachievers Please Try Harder

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Download links and information about Underachievers Please Try Harder by Camera Obscura. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 49:59 minutes.

Artist: Camera Obscura
Release date: 2004
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative
Tracks: 13
Duration: 49:59
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. Suspended from Class 3:46
2. Keep It Clean 3:16
3. A Sisters Social Agony 3:59
4. Teenager 3:40
5. Before You Cry 2:59
6. Your Picture 3:08
7. Number One Son 4:07
8. Let Me Go Home 3:35
9. Books Written for Girls 5:13
10. Knee Deep At the National Pop League 5:10
11. Lunar Sea 4:58
12. I Don't Want to See You 3:14
13. Footloose and Fancy Free 2:54

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Camera Obscura has no doubt worn out their copy of If You're Feeling Sinister by now. Yes, their fellow Glasgow residents Belle & Sebastian are a huge influence on the group as the two share a similar musical sound, a similarly literate lyrical slant, and a similar overall approach. Look at it as a homage or a coincidence or whatever you like, but be sure to look past the surface because what you will find is enough to charm your socks off. Underachievers Please Try Harder is a stunningly unassuming, tender, sweet, melodic, and memorable record. Tracyanne Campbell's vocals are pure and honeyed, never veering into sappiness or out of tune. The band manages the rare feat of sounding full and rich without jamming every possible frequency with sound. It also throws in loads of imaginative little hooks that keep things lively. The songwriting is very nice, occasionally reaching the level of their idols' work. "A Sisters Social Agony" is angelic doo wop with lovely tinkling bells, "Teenager" is a sparse ballad with wonderfully cutting lyrics, and the quietly epic "Books Written for Girls" features Campbell's most aching vocal and sounds like the best track Everything But the Girl never recorded. Elsewhere the band takes trips into country ("Before You Cry" with co-lead vocals by John Henderson and Campbell), acoustic folk balladry ("Your Picture"), and good old indie pop (the driving "Number One Son") while never failing to achieve anything less than excellence. A necessary addition to the collection of Belle & Sebastian fans, indie pop fans, and music lovers, Underachievers Please Try Harder, Rovi