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My Maudlin Career

My Maudlin Career
My Maudlin Career.jpg
Studio album by Camera Obscura
Released April 20, 2009
Recorded Atlantis Studio, Konst & Ramar Studio, and Cosmos Studio; Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Indie pop
Length 46:24
Label 4AD
Producer Jari Haapalainen
Camera Obscura chronology
Let's Get Out of This Country
My Maudlin Career
Desire Lines

My Maudlin Career is the fourth studio album by the Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura. The album was released in April 2009 via 4AD and, like its predecessor, was produced by Jari Haapalainen of The Bear Quartet. The string and horn arrangements are by Björn Yttling, of Peter Bjorn and John.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club B−[3]
The Daily Telegraph 3/5 stars[4]
The Irish Times 4/5 stars[5]
Mojo 4/5 stars[6]
NME 9/10[7]
The Observer 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[9]
Q 4/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10[11]

The critical response to My Maudlin Career was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a favorable score of 80, based on 25 reviews.[1]

Music critic Tim Sendra of AllMusic called the album "almost an exact copy of their previous album" but added "Really, the group could go on remaking it for years to negligible complaints from their fans and very few diminishing returns."[2] Gareth Grundy of The Observer called the album more polished and poised than the band's previous work.[8] Kevin Liedel of Slant Magazine wrote "The result is not nearly as novel or dorkishly handsome as Country, but it still manages to exude addictive gorgeousness... Luckily, for both the album and its audience, the band's perseverance results in hits more often than misses."[12] In his review for Pitchfork Media, Brian Howe called the string arrangements out of control but praised the album, writing "it sounds more assertive and agile, with increased swing and soul, than ever before. There are still melodies of heart-wrenching simplicity that stick in your head to an almost irritating degree (beware of the dangerously catchy "James"), balanced by songs with longer, more complex and limber melodic phrases."[9]

Track listing

All songs written by Tracyanne Campbell.

No. Title Length
1. "French Navy" 3:19
2. "The Sweetest Thing" 4:23
3. "You Told a Lie" 3:45
4. "Away with Murder" 4:08
5. "Swans" 4:09
6. "James" 3:50
7. "Careless Love" 4:35
8. "My Maudlin Career" 4:19
9. "Forests and Sands" 4:16
10. "Other Towns and Cities" 3:59
11. "Honey in the Sun" 5:45
Total length: 46:24

Australian tour edition bonus tracks

  1. "The World Is Full Of Strangers"
  2. "You're the Only Star in My Blue Heaven"
  3. "French Navy (Jim Noir remix)"
  4. "Tougher Than The Rest"
  5. "The Blizzard"


Chart performance

The album reached number 32 on the UK Albums Chart after one week of sales. It also broke into the Billboard Top 100 in the US, peaking at number 87. In Scotland, the album reached number 37.


Production notes:


  1. ^ a b "Reviews for My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "My Maudlin Career – Camera Obscura". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  3. ^ Singer, Brett (12 May 2009). "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  4. ^ Perry, Andrew (29 April 2009). "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  5. ^ Gleeson, Sinéad (24 April 2009). "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career (4AD)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 30 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". Mojo (187): 109. June 2009. 
  7. ^ McMahon, James (14 April 2009). "Album review: Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". NME. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Grundy, Gareth (19 April 2009). "Rock review: Camera Obscura, My Maudlin Career". The Observer. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Howe, Brian (21 April 2009). "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". Q (275): 119. June 2009. 
  11. ^ Thomas, Lindsey (May 2009). "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". Spin. 25 (5): 85. Retrieved 15 June 2009. 
  12. ^ Liedel, Kevin (31 March 2009). "Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  13. ^ 4AD - Camera Obscura - New single announced; worldwide tour dates revealed; online shop opens
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