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Happy Songs for Happy People Enhanced, Import


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  • Audio CD (June 17 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Select Distributions
  • ASIN: B00009ATKS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

1. Hunted By A Freak
2. Moses? I Amn't
3. Kids Will Be Skeletons
4. Killing All The Files
5. Boring Machines Disturb Sleep
6. Ratts Of The Capital
7. Golden Porche
8. I Know You Are But What Am I?
9. Stop Coming To My House

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on April 24 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Egler on 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 By A. Kohler on 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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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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By circle on Feb. 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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Format: Audio CD
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, suddently they shift to something else. The best exemple would be song "Ratts of the capital" starts with one looping guitar, second guitar comes in with some langourous melodies then a nice bass entering in a similar way as the looping guitar and finally a soft drum. After that point, some other percussions are added like xylophone and everything becomes not defined and kind of confused but so gigantic. They shut down most of instruments and start over their stratagem shifting to something else.
My favorites: "Hunted by a freak", "Ratts of the capital", "Killing all the flies", "Stop coming to my house".
They just turn classical music to rock and propelled it to space.
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