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Desire Lines

Camera Obscura

Desire Lines

Album number five from the Glasgow indie pop band recorded in Portland, Oregon

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  1. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This record is another perfect gem in their catalogue. This is pop music with a real soul to it, and Camera Obscura have bared it magnificently
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  2. 9.0 |   All Music

    Desire Lines has a similar feel of a band bounding out of the gates with a renewed creative energy. Here it results in some of their best and most confident work to date
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  3. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Recorded in Portland with Decemberists/My Morning Jacket producer Tucker Martine, Desire Lines tames the symphonic rush of My Maudlin Career for a quieter, more restrained orchestral trickle
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Another gorgeously-crafted pop record from a band that make them look easy; melody, harmony and sophistication are all present in abundance
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  5. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It’s not everyday that distraught songwriters choose sunny pop tunes as their creative outlet. So take it while you can
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The immaculately conceived album they've always threatened to make. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Camera Obscura is at its best on the drowsy, swaying, almost aching slow dances
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  8. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    They’ve honed their brutally honest and quirky take on heartbreak into something they can now wield with delightful precision. Stuart Murdoch should be jealous
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  9. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Elevates the “twee” aspect that’s associated in their songs with a maturity that’s leagues away from the flippant disposition the term usually gets
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  10. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    What feels different this time is the elegance and assurance of the music
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  11. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    The sound of a band following their hearts, comfortable and confident in their own skin
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  12. 8.0 |   DIY

    Presenting it as a triumph against adversity may be simplistic and exaggerative, but what is certain is that in the record – assured, confident and cohesive as it is – Camera Obscura have come up trumps
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  13. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    If summer ever arrives, here is your swooning soundtrack to it
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  14. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    More so than any other Camera Obscura record, Desire Lines taps into a girl group aesthetic—that is, lushly arranged songs about scorned lovers and keeping hope alive, always with a bit of advice thrown in, or at the very least a lesson learned
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  15. 8.0 |   Uncut

    One of the finest things these underrated Glaswegians have ever recorded. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Q

    When slipping downtempo into ballads, Camera Obscura are in a league of their own. Print edition only

  17. 7.5 |   Pitchfork

    More deeply satisfying than extraordinary, it seems unlikely to displace anyone's favorite Camera Obscura record, but neither is it a negligible entry in one of the smartest and most loveable discographies in contemporary indie-pop
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  18. 7.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    Desire Lines is undoubtedly a Camera Obscura album, but it might be their first that is more suited to quiet winter nights inside, rather than the sunny side of things
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  19. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    A strong record and a very good place to start if you haven’t heard them before
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  20. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Unlike previous Camera Obscura efforts, its songs aren’t as immediate or arresting
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  21. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    By no means their best effort, Desire Lines is nevertheless a pleasurable listen
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  22. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    The best songs on Desire Lines are the ones that carry Camera Obscura out of this world
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  23. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Campbell’s singing is as hopelessly romantic as ever
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  24. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Tracyanne Campbell’s vocals dominate, managing to be both deadpan and emotionally charged
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  25. 6.0 |   The Independent

    Finely balanced between innocence and experience
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  26. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    There are the usual chiming guitars and head-nodding melodies. Yet Desire Lines lacks the hooks of their best work
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  27. 6.0 |   music OMH

    This is at once an enjoyable effort and an opportunity missed
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  28. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    You can’t help but feel that the songwriting here doesn’t manage to justify the underwhelming safety of an LP that’s well within itself
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  29. 6.0 |   State

    Fans will find solace in the familiar, and newcomers will be lulled by this happy indie-pop from start to title-track finish
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  30. 5.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    You wish Camera Obscura would take some of that carefully constructed nuance and lend a little chaotic balance to things, but this is all pleasant and gracious, smooth and ultimately tasteless
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