Even when the sextet slows down a bit, it never abandons that innate breeziness, despite Campbell's often forlorn lyrics. She searches for her heartbreak's silver lining, from her lilting "Let's get out of this country / I have been so unhappy" on the title track to "Dory Previn," a mellow ode to getting over an ex by listening to Previn, the singer-songwriter whose husband left her for Mia Farrow.
It's that literate, enchanting tone that keeps Camera Obscura's heavy themes so light. Even on the album's darkest, most despondent number, "Country Mile," Campbell's breathy lament of "I don't believe in true love anyway" still carries a glimmer of hope. She doesn't capture the rosiest emotions, but she's so adept at spinning heartbreak in a positive light that even the most dismal situations don't seem quite so bad after all.
-- Catherine P. Lewis