Release Date: Jan 20, 2004
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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, the sophomore album from Scottish mopesters Camera Obscura, is not unlike an acquaintance whose personality you can only describe as "nice." Though that word has traversed a staggering number of connotations since, say, 1350 A.D. (including "wanton" and "sluggish"), its current usage has little to no meaning for all we use it: "nice" things and people are harmless and pleasant enough, but wholly bland and hence unworthy of a better adjective. This is, alas, exactly the manner in which Underachievers is nice.