Album review

The Hidden Cameras - The Smell Of Our Own

The distinct whiff of an indie phenomenon here, as The Hidden Cameras combine the delicacy of Belle & Sebastian with the massed salutations of The Polyphonic Spree. Essentially the domain of singer/guitarist Joel Gibb, the Cameras number somewhere around a dozen, and sound like it. Typical songs swell from winsome strums to cathedral-sized love-ins whose jauntiness some may find cloying. Fortunately, Gibb's mixture of gay and Christian imagery is potent, and his vision of music as a grand communal experience is backed up by some memorable tunes.

Rating: 3 / 10


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