Happy to You - Miike Snow
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  • Summary: The second album from the indie electronic trio of Chris Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Andrew Wyatt features Lykke Li as a guest singer.
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. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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. 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! Expand
  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 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. Expand
  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, 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. Expand