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Happy Songs for Happy People [Enhanced]

Mogwai Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Happy Songs for Happy People + Young Team + Rock Action
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5. Boring Machines Disturb Sleep
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7. Golden Porche
8. I Know You Are But What Am I?
9. Stop Coming To My House

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Adventurous Scot rockers Mogwai may never shake reputation for creating brutal music, but Happy Songs for Happy People demonstrates that they can do more than render the aural equivalent of being sucked out a spaceship airlock. Until now, Stuart Braithwaite had taken on the role of Mogwai's bandleader by proxy, his tumultuous guitar playing serving as the outfit's hallmark. Now, however, multi-instrumentalist Barry Burns has stepped to the fore--albeit, with much more restraint--crooning effects-heavy vocals on "Hunted By a Freak" and teasing out a meditative piano line on the ghostly "I Know You Are But What Am I?" Indeed, more than any other Mogwai work, this album aims to create sheer bliss. Even the amp-busting crescendo of "Ratts of the Capital" matches its dark-metal pomp with chiming orchestra bells and starburst lead-guitar lines. No sudden banjo interludes or guest vocals jar with the album's slow passage toward its conclusion. True, it's hard to shake the feeling that they'll never again write something as monumental as Come On Die Young. But Mogwai still sound lush and powerful. Their time hasn't passed. --Louis Pattison

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Contained on this CD-ROM is a demo version of the music program Cubase SX by Steinberg. The parts of "Hunted By A Freak" are also on the CD so that song can be remixed to your great satisfaction using the Cubase program. The demo is PC only, however Mac users can still use the individual parts if they already have a version of SX on their computer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Coming to My house March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
As I descend further and further into the bottomless hole that is music, I continue to unearth new and exciting artists the likes of which I could have never imagined existed. Mogawi is one of my finest discoveries yet, an amazing band that have the rare ability to craft beautiful songs that sound fresh and stimulate happiness.
Happy Songs for Happy People is my introduction to Mogwai, and what a first impression it has made upon me. For weeks I have stayed up late nights listening to this CD, totally entranced by its beauty. Happy Songs is a beautiful some what instrumental post-rock album with a very mellow and relaxed feel. melodies and guitar float in the air while solid percussion and string arrangments keep things grounded while exploring new heights at the same time. Listening to this album feels like cool autumn nights, my best dreams, and butterflies in my stomach all in one.
As cliche as it sounds, I can't describe the album in words, nor can I describe its beauty. See other reviews for detailed descriptions of Mogwais sound or songs on this album. I can't say any more than that this is a beautiful album, but that's really all that needs to be said.
Review in a nutshell: Happy Songs for Happy People is a lush, full musical experience that I can not get enough of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy Music F or Happy People July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is nothing exceptionally new...however, it does make for excellent homework and highway driving music...just don't listen to it while driving in town or you'll rear end someone or fail to remember the approaching curve in the road and die because it's a little too relaxing. The relative absense of vocals, and the complete absense of "words" (at least intelligible ones) is probably what seperates this from any other mid 90's college rock band, but, hey...it's a tolerable genre, even with it's inheritant generic nature. Buy it if you want, you probably won't think it sucks, and due to it's nature, it's an album you can listen to in its entirety without really favoring any songs much more than any others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
--who'd buy it?--so I guess the next best thing's Happy Music for Happy People. That way, at least, you might, serendipitously, hook all the--probably not inconsequential--optimists out there.
Dreamy, gorgeous soundscapes for the unfolding apocalypse.
Does it lack res? Of course. But so what? It's MERELY ravishingly, stultifyingly dazzling. What more do you want in these days of untethered postmodernism?
A master narrative?
Look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Music and Unusual Generosity Feb. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
Having previously heard Young Team, an album that I considered a mixed success, I was hoping to find that the band had learned from their successes and failures and come up with a more refined effort. I am very pleased to say that I think they did. I can hear both the explosive elements of Young Team as well as a new element...much better mixing and a much richer atmosphere that at times can remind me slightly of Sigur Rós. Perhaps it's the string arrangements that most contribute to this impression; I think they are a wonderful addition to the Mogwai sound. The painfully short tracks "Moses? I Amn't" and "Golden Porsche" best exemplify this new element.
The only disappointments I found are in "Moses? I Amn't" and "Boring Machine Disturbs Sleep". In the first song, while it was nearly perfect, I admit I was disappointed by the amount of analogue hiss I could hear in the percussion. It was such a haunting sound they used--I just wish it hadn't had such a major flaw in it. The other thing that disappointed me was the fact that "Boring Machine Disturbs Sleep" was in fact a bit boring in comparison to the other songs this album had to offer. I've never been impressed with the lead vocalist's unaltered voice, so I consider this track the only true weak point of the album.
But, not enough can possibly be said about the other tracks! "Killing All the Flies" starts out soft, but has a surprising explosion into a refined version of a Young Team-like rock that really makes listening worth it. "Ratts of the Capital" has a similar effect, but is even better...even as the longest track of the album, it just isn't long *enough*.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, just brilliant Feb. 4 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Note well: Weird thing about these amazon reviews: you only get a slight notion of any given reviewer's taste: so here is a little background concerning mine: my favorite bands are The Beatles, The Cure, The Black Watch, XTC and My Bloody Valentine: I dislike stuff like Coldplay, Radiohead, Travis...all that wispy nonsense...I like brilliantly witty, well constructed songs...and I admire great lyricists...and that's why it's so odd and amazing that I am completely in love with (and a serious completist about) the Scottish band Mogwai. Every record they have done is consistently interesting and the "Happy" new one is no exception. These mostly instrumental tracks are definitely for those of you who have never dreamed of getting into intrumental bands. There's almost--without sounding too trippy--a vocalist, as it were, present in a ghostly way here. If you have good taste, you will never even consider selling Mogwai's stuff back--cause their records never get old. They are one of the most consistent bands ever--the pink floyd of the 00's...buy anything by them!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars mogwai
this is a great cd. there's something very natural about the music (an impression more than anything that can be explained). songs four and six are especially good.
Published on Feb. 20 2004 by circle
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found it
Another great one. It's all about the way they mix the sounds together, they repeat harmonics on and on, then add more sounds again and again until it becomes grandiose,... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by Guylaine Le Ber
5.0 out of 5 stars great production
guitar harmonies, dynamic drums, and pounding bass. it builds and builds and then explodes. i love this along with Young Team (another great Mogwai album). Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars How "rock" should be.
I don't know if I would call this rock, but I would call it rock before I would call it anything else. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2004 by Ranvel
4.0 out of 5 stars Did we surpass "Rock Action"?
I believe so. In my eyes (and ears, more importantly), this is the most triumphant Mogwai release to date. Read more
Published on Jan. 14 2004 by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent music
This album is one of those rare pieces of music that is good the first time you listen to it, and the 1000th time. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by groundforce1023
4.0 out of 5 stars "This album sounds like _______"
One of Mogwai's more interesting and subtle albums, I appreciate the fact that they're continuing to grow and experiment, despite the constant comparisons, not only to other... Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2003 by b.evel
4.0 out of 5 stars My Introduction to Mogwai
Scottish experimental rock band, Mogwai, have been releasing albums in 1997, all to acclaim in indie rock, but their latest release, the sarcastically titled Happy Songs for Happy... Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by K. Bentley
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