Happy to You - Miike Snow
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 91
    The spirit of Happy to You is indie rock, but the sound is as addictively sharp as anything in the Top 40.
  2. Mar 27, 2012
    82
    [Happy To You is imbued] with a new coherence, grandiosity and ambition that totally overshadows the quite well-developed debut album.
  3. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    The songs here are supremely catchy and delivered with the kind of sleek sheen you'd expect from a Katy Perry or Kesha record, but it's the inventive instrumentation and surprising twists they take that give Happy To You its edge. [May 2012, p.104]
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    Their second album pulls their punched-up, modernist synth pop into tighter focus while softening some of its sharper corners. [May 2012, p.83]
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    80
    Less immediately rewarding than their debut, but worth taking the time to get to know.
  6. Mar 27, 2012
    80
    Like its predecessor, the new disc delivers a nice mixture of lighter fare with heavier songs acting as an anchor, though Happy To You has a distinctly animated glow.
  7. 80
    While Karlsson and Winnberg continue to assert themselves as two of the most accomplished producers in contemporary music, Happy to You does well to prove they're just as good on the other side of the mixing console, showcasing the furthest extents of their own considerable talents for the second straight album.
  8. 80
    This dream team (two thirds Britney producers Bloodshy & Avant, one third Mark Ronson collaborator Andrew Wyatt) decided to take a step back and make an album 'as a band', rather than as competing knob-twiddlers. And it's worked.
  9. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    It's that innate ability with a tune which separates Miike Snow from common or garden pop varieties. [Apr 2012, p.91]
  10. Mar 14, 2012
    80
    That decision to expand their sound and focus more on the links between where they were and where they want to go is the true treat of Happy to You.
  11. Mar 21, 2012
    75
    Whereas some attempts to hybridize indie rock and electronic music are forced or awkward, Miike Snow gets its right by paying as much attention to their uncluttered celestial melodies as they do to their beats.
  12. Mar 19, 2012
    75
    Karlsson and Winnberg's focus on gentle, warm sonic tones and catchy hooks should reassure fans of tracks like "Animal" and "Burial" that everything is under control. [No. 85, p.57]
  13. Jun 25, 2012
    70
    A more subdued release, Happy To You is nonetheless quite mesmerizing in its methodical and complex layers of music.
  14. Mar 27, 2012
    67
    Happy feels like it was meant to go outside and play, but changed its mind and climbed back under the covers instead.
  15. Apr 16, 2012
    60
    While Happy to You is certainly an entertaining pop album, it very much falls in line with its predecessor by showing great melodic promise and musical creativity getting weighed down by a mouthpiece who sounds like he has something better to do with his time even when he's singing his own lyrics.
  16. Mar 29, 2012
    60
    Happy to You is an album that aims for commercial appeal, so there is a noticeable push and pull between prescribed pop and the eclectic electro that the team is known for, but the songs that land in the dead center have a nice even balance.
  17. Mar 27, 2012
    60
    An earphone extravaganza that never quite makes magic.
  18. Mar 26, 2012
    60
    As it turns out, beneath all the shattering percussion, well-timed sound crashes, and plethora of borrowed ideas, Happy to You is rather skeletal.
  19. Mar 23, 2012
    60
    A coy, slow burner, it doesn't kick off properly until its latter stages.
  20. Mar 21, 2012
    60
    The album is a whole, steady listen. [March 2012, p.78]
  21. It does just enough to bring "happy" to you, and you've gotta love the black humour of any band who'd call a song "God Help This Divorce".
  22. Mar 15, 2012
    60
    It does exemplifies the enjoyable glossiness that experienced backroom types can bring to the over-subscribed electropop genre.
  23. Mar 14, 2012
    60
    Happy To You's charm does wear off in repeated listens, though, resulting in an album that's enjoyable, but far from life changing. [Apr 2012, p.96]
  24. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    Overall, Happy To You is a solid if unspectacular second effort, one that disperses moments of brilliance with the occasional filler track.
  25. Mar 30, 2012
    58
    A lot of the music on Happy To You, their second full-length, sounds excellent. Beats sparkle, synths crest and unfurl with purpose, horns come in at just exact right moment.... [Yet] too much of the time, too much is missing.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    Miike Snow's second album takes a couple of listens to really understand, but is a great album once they transport you to their world. ThisMiike Snow's second album takes a couple of listens to really understand, but is a great album once they transport you to their world. This album will leave you playing your favorites over and over even if it is not quite as good as their eponymous debut. They continue to push their own comfort zones in music and the result is something that is as polished as anything that plays on the radio, yet quirky and full of substance. Overall a great album! Full Review »
  2. Mar 28, 2012
    8
    The sophomore effort from the trio took 2 or 3 listens before i completely "got it", having said that, this album may not have the stand outsThe sophomore effort from the trio took 2 or 3 listens before i completely "got it", having said that, this album may not have the stand outs of the first album, but has some beautifully written and produced music. Songs like the wave, black tin box, and paddling out show the amount of creativity this trio has in store. Full Review »
  3. Mar 31, 2012
    0
    Happy to you is a very disappointing effort. As much as their first album was fresh, happy, fun and inspired, this second record is dull,Happy to you is a very disappointing effort. As much as their first album was fresh, happy, fun and inspired, this second record is dull, formulaic, lacking any energy or charm, also all the song sound exactly the same. It is certainly not worth one listen through even less several. Full Review »