Biggest Bluest Hi Fi

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Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi
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Studio album by Camera Obscura
Released November 12, 2001
Genre Indie pop
Label Andmoresound
Producer Stuart Murdoch
Camera Obscura chronology
Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi
Underachievers Please Try Harder

Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi is the debut LP from the indie pop band Camera Obscura. It was released in 2001 by Andmoresound and in 2002 by Elefant, then re-released in 2004 by Merge.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media(7.5/10) [2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Tim Sendra praised the album, writing "makes a strong case for Camera Obscura as one of the best indie pop bands to come down the pike since, well, Belle and Sebastian".[1] Marc Hogan of Pitchfork Media called it "charmingly understated".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tracyanne Campbell.

1."Happy New Year"4:03
2."Eighties Fan"4:20
4."Pen and Notebook"3:26
5."Swimming Pool"3:56
7."I Don't Do Crowds"3:55
8."The Sun on His Back"2:50
9."Double Feature"5:50
10."Arrangements of Shapes and Space"3:48
Total length:38:38

2002 and 2004 re-releases[edit]

  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. "The Sun on His Back"
  11. "Double Feature"
  12. "Arrangements of Shapes and Space"



  • Tracyanne Campbell – vocals, guitar
  • Gavin Dunbar - bass
  • John Henderson - vocals, percussion
  • Kenny Mckeeve - guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Lee Thomson - drums
  • Lindsay Boyd - keyboards


  • Arranged By [Strings] – Camera Obscura, Stuart Murdoch
  • Bells [Sleighbells] – Geoff Allan
  • Design, Layout – Anne Maclean
  • Engineer – Geoff Allan
  • Mastered By – Frank Arkwright
  • Other [The Cover Star] – Fiona Morrison
  • Strings – Cheryll Crockett, Elin Edwards, Greg Lawson, Lisa Webb, Lorna Leitch, Murray Ferguson
  • Trumpet – Nigel Baillie


  1. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Biggest Bluest Hi Fi > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Hogan, Marc. "Biggest Bluest Hi Fi > Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 16, 2011.