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
(2001)
Underachievers Please Try Harder
(2003)Underachievers Please Try Harder2003

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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 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.

No. Title Length
1. "Happy New Year" 4:03
2. "Eighties Fan" 4:20
3. "Houseboat" 3:22
4. "Pen and Notebook" 3:26
5. "Swimming Pool" 3:56
6. "Anti-Western" 3:08
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"

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

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

Other[edit]

  • 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

References[edit]

  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.