• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 17, 2003
User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29

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  1. DomS.
    Aug 11, 2003
    7
    Something has been lost with Mogwai. You could feel it with "Rock Action," but it was easy to welcome the deeper, subtler, more ambient Mogwai as a change from the loud and stark brilliance of "Young Team" and their EP. "Happy Songs" isn't a band that's growing, but more like a practice round for a group of guys with enough talent and eclecticity to make the perfect collection of songs.
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 8, 2006
    8
    i like it a lot. my favourite mogwai record so far.
  3. AdolfoG
    Feb 24, 2006
    9
    Canciones con una estructura original, muy buen sonido y melodias notables
  4. SeamusS
    Apr 20, 2006
    10
    Kay kay kay Get past the utter stupidity (or inside joked humor) of the song titles, and you have a masterpeice.
  5. VicenteT
    Jun 27, 2003
    10
    Sem dúvida, um dos melhores álbuns do ano. Mogwai Rules!!!!!
  6. Ryanc
    Mar 4, 2005
    9
    Beautiful. I adore this, they are on a par with Tortoise
  7. PScott
    Jul 19, 2006
    10
    Quite easily the best album i have ever heard... Every track is brilliant, and Ratts Of The Capital is amazing. If you don't own this yet, go buy it now.
  8. B
    Jun 19, 2003
    9
    aetheral, soaring, and majestic. there best effort yet.
  9. fightingthebadfightforthecroniesinthewhithouse
    Jun 22, 2003
    10
    this is fucking bullshit good, scrapes god from your insides. fills you will universe. sounds shit hot loud. makes me incontenent.
  10. adaml
    Aug 14, 2003
    10
    A-MAZ-ING
  11. DanH
    Sep 7, 2007
    8
    I actually like Mr. Beast a lot better, despite it being not as well received as this album. Hunted by a Freak is an awesome song, but some of the others can be a tad boring at times. Still an amazing album.
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Happy Songs finds middle ground between brevity and meandering.
  2. 70
    Refines their grandiose panoramics via electronic gurgles and glitches. [Jul 2003, p.111]
  3. This is Mogwai distilled to their essence, and the result is an album of huge power, emotional depth and feeling, with vocals submerged under a claustrophobic blanket of effects and guitars battling with viola, cello, violin and piano. It's just as Eno as it is S***t, and all the greater for that.