Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Camera Obscura - If Looks Could Kill (7", Elefant)

"If Looks Could Kill" is the third single from the band's third album, Let's Get Out of This Country.

Scottish indie-pop band Camera Obscura have been around since 1996, but are one of those bands that is on the cusp of rising popularity. It's a shame that success has eluded them for a career spanning over a decade, but I guess it's better late than never.

"If Looks Could Kill" has a Shangri-Las style of bounciness, with its opening line of "Tell me where it all went wrong" as lead singer Tracyanne Campbell tries to explain to a clueless chap exactly why he's upset his girlfriend. The upbeat melody, however, overshadows the excruciatingly heart-breaking lyrics, "If it's true looks could kill and you will be the first to make me mad / Then you'll have to go".

"If Looks Could Kill" is a simply joyous Motown-style indie-soul stunner. The limited 7" version comes with exclusive B-side, "I Know How I Love You", a cover of the Phil Spector-produced Paris Sisters classic.

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