Camden

Reel Time Canvas

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Garnering many comparisons to Shudder to Think, Camden appeared in the ever-widening emo universe in 2000 with a melodic blast of ultra-clean falsetto melodies and surprisingly rich songwriting. Referencing many a Midwestern indie rock and shoegazer influence, Reel Time Canvas exists well outside convenient descriptions or genre tags. The term "emo" had practically lost all meaning after its punk-pop takeover but, despite an absence of anything that smacks of hardcore in either strain, the sullen, experimental, and melodic slant of Camden does have more than a little in common with Sunny Day Real Estate, and thus emo by extension. But, of course, if Camden -- or any group for that matter -- deserves real notice, it is because the bandmembers have defined something for themselves. This definition is exactly what Reel Time Canvas accomplishes. From the hymn-like "How to Make America Proud" to the loud/quiet pop of "Is Our Face Red," this record screams "quality" with a whisper so shocking that even the most jaded emo haters will have to back off and give a little respect.

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