Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the rock band from Vermont.
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  1. Thomas' craft is tremendous for a newcomer, especially in an indie-rock moment that needs it.
  2. Happy Birthday may be bedroom lo-fi from the fuzzy sound to the scribbled cartoon cover art, the buzzing guitars to the off-kilter subject matter of the songs, but they transcend any limitations of the style (real or imagined) by writing songs that would be great no matter how they were recorded.
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    There's so much tunefully wild enjoyment on offer it's hard to pick highlights. [Jul 2010, p.110]
  4. While this does fall in with a pretty crowded lo-fi movement going on, Happy Birthday is also an unabashed pop record unafraid to wear its grainy heart on its sleeve.
  5. These tunes are fun and youthful, but also grown up and varied--there’s something for everyone here, whether you’re blasting this record at the park with mates or in the car on a road-trip or sitting on the beach--all you need is a little sunshine and wine (not in the car, though, please) and let Thomas, Garbus and Weisman take you to that place we all remember well (fondly or not).
  6. Sonically, we’ve got a pastiche of historically catchy musical styles, with a Lou Reed touch here, a Superchunk riff there, a 10cc harmony under it all.
  7. A handful of fun tracks here, but no overly impressive. [Winter 2010, p.72]

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