Happiness Ltd.

Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.'
  2. Happiness Ltd. is an ambitious album that lives up to the high bar that it sets for itself [Summer 2007, p.73]
  3. If Hot Hot Heat try a little too hard here, they still pile on infectious charm and solid songwriting until resistance seems futile.
  4. 80
    Happiness Ltd is all about neat production, inventive time changes and romantically inclined witticisms. [Oct 2007, p.92]
  5. 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.
  6. The booming choruses, expansive melodies, and serrated guitar lines of the band's past remain--only now they're accompanied by Edgar Allan Poe-faced couplets like ''Happiness is limited/But misery has no end.''
  7. The trademark tempo jiggery remains and it's all threaded together with airy production that underlines rather than overwhelms.
  8. 70
    For much of Happiness, Bays slurs his way through the best music Hot Hot Heat has ever made.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. AllanC.
    Sep 26, 2007
    9
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. iieee
    Sep 19, 2007
    10
    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 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. Full Review »
  3. justinh
    Sep 15, 2007
    10
    Immaculate! Happiness Ltd. is far more mature and unique than anything out right now.