Boomkat Product Review:
Central to Camphor's sound is the writing of Max Avery Lichtenstein, who enjoys a parallel existence as a film composer, with credits including Tarnation, The King and Jesus' Son. Clearly Lichtenstein has a bright future as a songsmith though, able to fashion this splendid debut album of beautifully arranged Americana. 'Deconstructed' comes somewhere between the intimacy of Sparklehorse and the exuberant, brassy mariachi-isms of Calexico, while 'The Sweetest Tooth' is a lot like a Wilco song - not too far from 'I Am Trying To Break Your Heart' in fact, but must of the time Lichtenstein doesn't really sound like anyone else, instead establishing a distinctive, winning new voice on the wonderful 'Tired Light' and the stately string arrangements of 'Beauty In Ruins', a song that has 'cinematic' written all over it. Highly recommended.