The Hidden Cameras
The Hidden Cameras’ ringmaster Joel Gibb pushes that “gay church music” out of the chapel. Toning down the harps and horns, a great pop album emerges, built on the Cameras’ sing-along melodies and Gibb’s distinctive voice. There’s more time on the guitar pedal and, dare we say, a few radio-friendly ballads. “Lollipop” is an energetic jumper, reminiscent of early REM, and if Gibb is losing his religion he’s replaced it with joyful paganism in the nonsensical title track “Awoo.” That this album doesn’t take enough of a risk to separate it from previous efforts is the biggest complaint about the latest from one of Canada’s best live acts.
—Sue Carter Flinn