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The Hidden Cameras
The Smell of Our Own (Rough Trade)

By: Alex Steininger

The Hidden Cameras' The Smell of Our Own captures the essence of lo-fi home recording, while also grasping the abilities of more full-blown studio engineering, delivering an album of beauty and grace. It basks in the warmth of acoustic guitars, while not relying on them all the time to make the songs feel intimate and accessible, takes chances while playing around in the pop realm, and creates stunning arrangements, using strings to fill it out their sound. The result is a striking album that, though airy and softer more times than not, still jumps out and grabs you and makes you listen. I'll give it a B+.
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