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Conceived at a time when the British indie rock scene was dominated by postpunk records that prized angularity and disaffection above all else, Aztec Camera’s debut arrived like a fresh wind. The brainchild of Scottish wunderkind Roddy Frame, the album featured songs that he'd begun when he was 15 and recorded when he was 19. Like contemporaneous albums from his peers Edwyn Collins (leader of Orange Juice) and Paddy McAloon (leader of Prefab Sprout), High Land, Hard Rain combines the buoyancy of youth with the erudition of lyric poetry. Essentially, its songs are about boy and girls in love and the travails of growing up, but Frame delivers with such wit and optimism that this well-worn territory becomes brand new. Most of the songs are anchored in his 12-string acoustic strumming, but he overlaid the songs with influences rarely heard at the time. Sure, there are elements of Echo & The Bunnymen and Teardrop Explodes, but Frame also drew from the melodic upsurge of vintage Motown, as well as the skittering swing of Django Reinhardt.

Customer Reviews

Knife...It

Thank You Roddy Frame! I literally have been waiting for years for this. I got a new computer and loaded a new ITunes account and this was the first album I looked for (it's been a couple of months since I last searched)....and What Do You Know? Finally!!!! "All I Need Is" this album... totally moved....*weep*! Love YOU!

Amazing, but too often overlooked

I can't believe I'm the first to write a review for this album! This is such a great album from the upbeat opener "Still On Fire" to the epic closer and title track "Knife." Roddy Frame delivers the goods with perfect British pop sensibility. The songs are solid and perfectly produced. Fans of Trashcan Sinatras, Lloyd Cole and The Housemartins should take note...if you haven't done so already.

Finally!

Timeless. My favorite Aztec Camera recording.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Aztec Camera was the brainchild of Roddy Frame, a Scottish songwriter and vocalist whose precocious talent -- he was still in his teens when the band cut their acclaimed debut album, High Land, Hard Rain -- earned the band a loyal cult following. With Frame's knack for catchy, upbeat melodies and wordplay that often invited comparisons to Elvis Costello, Aztec Camera became a major critical favorite in the U.K. and the U.S., even as the band went through frequent personnel changes. Aztec Camera...
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