Like their Scottish pals Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura has been plugging along across the pond for a decade now. And much like B&S, the band lean toward blissful, summer pop that sounds gr

Like their Scottish pals Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura has been plugging along across the pond for a decade now. And much like B&S, the band lean toward blissful, summer pop that sounds great driving coastal at dusk. "Let's Get Out of This Country" is their first album in three years, and ups the ante in a few small, but important ways.

The lyrics still tend to be weepy and depressing, but this time the sound is aided by a larger, richer feel -- a little string and horn section does go along way with this group. "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" and "Come Back Margaret" find vocalist Tracyanne Campbell at her most charming, as she's becoming very adept at convincing us that her there's nothing juvenile about her high, twee voice.

A few slow moments don't hinder this album in the least, and the perils of heartbreak and the ambiguity of life are masked nicely with several references to late '60s girl pop. "Country" is easily Camera Obscura's finest album to date, juxtaposing maturity with a carefree spirit. -- Michael D. Ayers