17 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London trio Happyness are frequently compared to Pavement and Sparklehorse, and for good reason. Most of the songs feel as if they’re from Slanted and Enchanted with the late Mark Linkous occasionally whispering the lyrics. When Happyness slightly vary the approach on “Refrigerate Her,” it sounds like early Pavement doing their imitation of The Fall. Nineties–style indie rock still lives, and it races out the gate with four opening tracks that are perfectly amusing. “Anything I Do Is All Right” forces you to hum along. Pavement should be flattered and everyone else can play along for fun. After all, it’s only rock ’n’ roll, Gen X–style. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London trio Happyness are frequently compared to Pavement and Sparklehorse, and for good reason. Most of the songs feel as if they’re from Slanted and Enchanted with the late Mark Linkous occasionally whispering the lyrics. When Happyness slightly vary the approach on “Refrigerate Her,” it sounds like early Pavement doing their imitation of The Fall. Nineties–style indie rock still lives, and it races out the gate with four opening tracks that are perfectly amusing. “Anything I Do Is All Right” forces you to hum along. Pavement should be flattered and everyone else can play along for fun. After all, it’s only rock ’n’ roll, Gen X–style. 

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