As a call and response, the gulf between Lloyd Cole and The Commotions asking ‘Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken’ and Camera Obscura’s response some 22 years later might not feel like the most urgent of pop history’s Songs About Songs tradition.
It’s hardly 2Pac dissing Biggie nor R&B Titan’s TLC’s No Scrubs getting it’s ‘missing the point’ response ‘No Pigeons’ from no mark sexists Sporty Thieves. Heck it’s not even Neil Young getting a dressing down form Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Nope Tracyanne Campbell from the CO has taken her time. She’s considered Lloyd’s question for a score and two years and she has decided her fragile heart is prepared for the blue eyed soul of her fellow Glaswegian to go trampling all over it.
I loved this band and their lush luxury pop sensibilities. I find it astounding Camera Obscura have not had the light of my praise pointed in their direction before. This track makes a great triple hitter as some of their most recognised output along side the glorious Shine Like A New Pin and early single Eighties Fan. The run of records they put out between 2001 and Carey’s passing in 2015 are all great.