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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Merge Records
  • ASIN: B0002ZYEGE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Happy New Year
2. Eighties Fan
3. Houseboat
4. Shine LIke A New Pin
5. Pen And Notebook
6. Swimming Pool
7. Anti-Western
8. Let's Go Bowling
9. I Don't Do Crowds
10. Sun On His Back, The
11. Double Feature
12. Arrangements Of Shapes And Space

Product Description

Camera Obscura are a band from Glasgow (that's in Scotland) and Merge is delighted to bring you Underachievers Please Try Harder, their first-ever U.S. domestic release.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa879c24c) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6ecc7d4) out of 5 stars great album July 5 2005
By Sparrow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you have "Underachievers Please Try Harder"--because it enjoyed a wider release, many people get this album first--then you'll find much to love on "Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi." Much of the same breathy, mellow melodies from "Underachievers" are here, but so are more intricate songs with inventive rhythms and textures. This is a solid album; I count it as one of my favorites.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa70397b0) out of 5 stars A fine debut... Sept. 30 2005
By Greekfreak - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As with most people, I bought this album after enjoying their sophomore release ("Underachievers Please Try Harder") tremendously, and found this to be at least as good, and in some ways, better.

This album is a lot less pretentious, a bit more tuneful, and lacks the filler of "Underachievers..." For all those who cry wolf at any similarites between this band and Belle & Sebastian, sit and spin. I think B&S would sell their souls to make anything this vital again.

"Eighties Fan" is a nice homage to The Jesus And Mary Chain, with it's "Just Like Honey" drum intro, while "Happy New Year" kicks the album off like no other pop song could (or has, in recent memory). My personal fave has to be "Pen And Notebook", with brilliantly simplistic lyrics, and a pristine, very spare production that can't be touched.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7236e60) out of 5 stars Solid Album Nov. 16 2008
By Boy in the Bubble - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who is a fan of Belle & Sebastian will love this band. This is Camera Obscura's first album, and they really put a lot of great songs on this record. Tracyanne Campbell, the lead singer on most of the band's songs, does a great job giving life to the lyrics. The music is pretty low-key, not many electric guitars and such, but it's a good album for a rainy day.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7236d28) out of 5 stars Good for your heart July 6 2006
By Robin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This sounds like your going back to the times when life was laid back, happy and care free. . . somewhere outside the polluted city. . . amongst the trees, green grasses, birds, sea, blue skies . . . . . nature at its finest. . . how life was so simple then . . its the sound of this album. . .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7236d58) out of 5 stars Great album Nov. 14 2013
By I. Montgomery - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Camera Obscura is one of the bands I came to late on, I have now got all the albums and have had this one in my car almost everyday since it came. Great songs, great music and good musicians, what more could you need?

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