Camera Obscura: Let's Get Out Of This Country (2006)
Scottish band Camera Obscura released a few albums in the aughts (their most recent coming in 2013), and they're all perfectly sweet. Somewhat twee European pop, akin to Belle & Sebastian (whose leader produced their debut) or maybe a far more chipper Smiths, all elevated by Tracyanne Campbell's buoyant, chanteuse-esque vocals.
Country, their third release, is probably my favorite, a nice mix of mellow, jazz-tinged sweetness and a more effervescent upbeat classic pop sound. In the latter category is the delightful title track, opener "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken," and "If Looks Could Kill," a terrific blend of Motown beats and British 60s mod-pop. And while those chipper tunes grab your attention, the quieter numbers are lush and engaging without drifting too far into lounge music territory.
Here's the title track: