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A Classic Breakup Song Gets Its Answer

Camera Obscura crafts a gloriously bubbly response to a Lloyd Cole classic.
Camera Obscura crafts a gloriously bubbly response to a Lloyd Cole classic.

Popular musicians long ago began producing the occasional "answer song" in response to the work of another artist. Some of the most popular examples take place in hip-hop -- for example, "Roxanne's Revenge" by Roxanne Shante, a reaction to UTFO's "Roxanne, Roxanne" -- though some would argue that the lyrical battles John Lennon and Paul McCartney waged in their post-Beatles answer songs were even more intense.

"Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken," from the Glasgow chamber-pop sextet Camera Obscura's recent album Let's Get Out of This Country, serves as a gloriously bubbly answer to Lloyd Cole's "Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken," one of the all-time great breakup songs.

Sophisticated pop that draws on the charm of Belle and Sebastian, as well as the classic girl-group hits of the '60s, "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" functions as both a response to Cole's song and as a fine contribution to any mix CD that also includes Dusty Springfield's "I Only Want To Be With You." Both are ideal companions, if not cures, for the breakup blues.

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Bruce Warren is assistant general manager for programming of WXPN in Philadelphia. Besides serving as executive producer of World Café, Warren also contributes to Paste magazine and writes for two blogs: Some Velvet Blog and WXPN's All About The Music Blog.