Camera Obscura, the Beach Boys and the Staple Singers All Do It Again

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The Scottish indie-pop band Camera Obscura released their fifth album, Desire Lines, this week. They’ve always had one eye on the past of music — their 2006 single “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” was an answer song to “Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?” by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions — and the title of the first single from Desire Lines, “Do It Again,” owes as much to pop history as Tracyanne Campbell’s callout to Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of a Clown” in the middle of the song.

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