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Underachievers Please Try Harder [Enhanced]

Camera Obscura Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. Suspended from Class
2. Keep It Clean
3. A Sisters Social Agony
4. Teenager
5. Before You Cry
6. Your Picture
7. Number One Son
8. Let Me Go Home
9. Books Written for Girls
10. Knee Deep at the NPL
11. Lunar Sea
12. I Don't Want to See You
13. Footloose and Fancy Free
14. Teenager (Mpeg Video)

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Japanese pressing of the indie-pop outfit's 2004 album includes four exclusive bonus tracks, 'I Don't Want To See You', 'Footloose & Fancy Free', 'SF Song', & 'Amigo Mio'. Digipak. Imperial.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Camera Obscura, Please Try Harder June 22 2004
By allie
Format:Audio CD
This is a marvolous album, but having head Camera Obscura's debut LP, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi, i'm just a little bit dissapointed. This CD has some great songs, 'books written for girls', 'keep it clean', and 'you're picture' but the over all quality of the CD just isn't as good as their first. I've read the other reviews bashing Camera Obscura from sounding too much like Belle and Sebastian and i really don't think that's fair. Sure, they do sound a lot alike, but there are distict differences. Much of pop music is similar anyways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are worse things than B&S similarities May 22 2004
By Alvie
Format:Audio CD
Pop folk existed before Belle & Sebastian. We Five did it 30+ years ago. Who cares? It's catchy, it's fun, breezy & great to listen to while you drive around. If you like Belle & Sebastian, you'll definately like this album, but the real similarity to another artist comes w/ comes w/ "Your Picture" which sounds just like Leonard Cohen. There are worse songwriters to copy. Buy this album & enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for B&S fans, but for pop music fans April 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Though I am a big B&S fan, I did not discover Camera Obscura through them. Here is the story:
I was in my favorite little independent video store in North Oxford, when Tracyann Campbell's voice stopped me dead in my tracks. I pointed up and asked the clerk, "What the hell band is this?" He told me who it was and I immediately rushed out to buy this album.
Yeah, okay, the Glasgow indie scene is crowded with boy/girl bands, but what I believe sets Camera Obscura apart is their ability to synthsize years of pop music into one album (see: "Let Me Go Home") and to do it with a lead singer whose voice just makes you want to cry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 2004...so far! Feb. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
I too love Belle and Sebastian and look forward to seeing them on tour. However, I also adore this album and actually prefer it to Dear Catastrophe Waitress. B&S fans can be so cruel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Don't Try Feb. 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was all excited for a new Camera Obscura release. Then I found out it wasn't the right Camerca Obscura. What can I say? This album just doesn't do it for me. If I wanted Belle and Sebastian I would listen to them. There's no need for more chamber pop. It offers nothing to break the mold or any hope for something different. I'm gonna go listen to the old Camera Obscura...or some REAL Belle & Sebastian
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3.0 out of 5 stars history 101 Feb. 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
people do need to remember that B&S themselves owe a huge debt to Scottish musicians such as Donovan, as well as bands such as Love (from whom they got massive amounts of musical ideas, i.e. every horn arrangement they've done) in terms of sound and structure. that doesn't make them derivative, however. just more in a long line of excellent quietish chamber pop bands from the British Isles. that said, i agree with both sides, really. there are flashes of brilliance here, but at the same time it can get a bit too B&Sy for its own good. so, not a masterpiece, but not a complete waste, either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Chamber Pop Feb. 6 2004
By WrtnWrd
Format:Audio CD
The gorgeous chamber pop of Camera Obscura is going to be compared, rightly so, to Belle & Sebastian, and I don't think the band is going to care. If they did, they wouldn't have hired B&S's main man Stuart Murdoch to produce their lovely sophomore effort, Underachievers Please Try Harder. Tracyanne Campbell's wistful songs plough much of B&S's fertile ground, but her take on the indignities of youth and romance are her own. And the songs get better the more you play them.
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