Happiness Ltd. - Hot Hot Heat
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  • Summary: The Canadian band's third studio album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Happiness Ltd. is an ambitious album that lives up to the high bar that it sets for itself [Summer 2007, p.73]
  2. Sure, we can still dance, sing along and tap our feet to anything Happiness Ltd. offers, but it’s the band’s mature tone and dive into gigantic Springsteen-like stadium rockers that set their latest release above any of their others.
  3. The disco-rock jitters come back soon enough with the next selection, 'Let Me In,' but there's no denying that the group's horizons have broadened. For every throwback Cure sound-alike, such as 'Give Up?,' there's a lush retort featuring the Abbey Road Orchestra-like 'Outta Heart.'
  4. Happiness ultimately falls victim to a faintly generic feel. There’s nothing we haven’t heard before, so reserve the album for background music rather than close listening, and it shouldn’t disappoint.
  5. 60
    On Happiness Ltd., they admirably mess with success, loading up their spastic, skinny-tie ditties with epic heft. [Oct 2007, p.104]
  6. So while '5 Times Out of 100' and 'My Best Friend' revive old times, you miss Steve Bay's unhinged vocals and jagged keyboards elsewhere when HHH instead try to compensate with a funky chant- rocker ('Give Up') or a big-drama Raspberries tribute (the title track).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. iieee
    Sep 19, 2007
    I enjoyed it, awesome album! just buy it, it's like 9.99 everywhere!? well worth the 10 bones! great band, you will be happy with this album if you've liked the other two albums. Expand
  2. justinh
    Sep 15, 2007
    Immaculate! Happiness Ltd. is far more mature and unique than anything out right now.
  3. JohnP.
    Sep 12, 2007
    Clap your hands and move your feet to the amazing beat. Hot Hot Heat is back and better than before.
  4. AllanC.
    Sep 26, 2007
    This album is good. It may not be Hot Hot Heat good but I think fans will enjoy this album. Vocals are roughly the same and I don't think it's justified that because they have changed sounds they should receive a bad grade despite this album being decent. Still very catchy stuff. Expand
  5. UPain
    Sep 14, 2007
    Is the album good? Yes. Is it Hot Hot Heat good? No. They sound more like The Killers, than a band with a lead singer who jumps about the lyrics at such a fun and fast pace that it is sometimes hard to understand what is being sung. Sadly, in this album I understand all the words. Expand
  6. Oligami
    Sep 11, 2007
    Now they sound like any other MTV band...