Happyness - The Aluminum Group
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  • Summary: The Chicago indie band's fifth album is the first in a planned trilogy, and features a bit more electronics than previous outings. Members of Tortoise guest on the album, as does Rebecca Gates from the Spinanes.
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  1. Some may find the Aluminum Group's love-on-ice songs too slick, too lacking in visceral emotion. But like a cool breeze in summer, the Navins make melancholy a delicious treat.
  2. 80
    Exquisite. [Feb 2003, p.80]
  3. Thematically it's a less ambitious record than Pelo (and in terms of scale, Pedals), but listen to it as the Navins' Exile in Guyville and its truths are heartbreaking in their weary familiarity.
  4. Hear most of these songs a few times and you'll feel like you've known them all your life.
  5. [The music] is an unholy cross between Steely Dan, Elliott Smith and Air.
  6. Like a night taxi ride along a broad, lighted, skyscraper-lined city street, Happyness, the band's latest, feels wondrous, daring and slightly dangerous.
  7. 40
    Their sense of perfection is also their downfall. [#11, p.124]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. JohnG.
    Oct 25, 2002
    10
    Lush (as an adjective not the noun like myself) and delicious (adj.)
  2. Rickk
    Jan 8, 2003
    10
    Absolutely their Best Album Yet.... A brilliant follow up to their last album Pelo .. John and Frank are increadable
  3. Paul
    Dec 8, 2004
    10
    extraordinary!
  4. Nick
    May 19, 2003
    9
    I'm partial to plano, but a definate 9 of 10. Music to come home drunk to and sing until your neighbors come knocking, and who doesn't need that? Expand

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