|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|
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?
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.
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*. Perhaps the album's most *haunting* track, though, is "I Know You Are But What Am I".Read more ›
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.