• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Sep 13, 2011
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    80
    L.A.-based quintet unleash positively euphoric debut. [Oct 2011, p.120]
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    Hopelessly happy, Grouplove should be required listening in seemingly hopeless times. [Oct 2011, p.107]
  3. Sep 8, 2011
    80
    Never Trust a Happy Song is far from a cohesive album, but that actually works to its advantage--because it encapsulates the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, of this emotional rollercoaster known as life.
  4. Sep 30, 2011
    70
    Ultimately, Grouplove's Never Trust a Happy Song is a cohesive if ramshackle crowd-pleaser, full of melodic double-lead vocals, handclaps, ringing electric guitars, and staccato synth parts that tips a hat to '80s dance-rock while still retaining the band's obvious love of experimental '60s folk-rock.
  5. Sep 13, 2011
    70
    Transpose the communal exuberance of Los Campesinos! to the U.S. and you've got this quintet, who prove that sunny, adolescent, pop-rock catchiness will never go out of style.
  6. 60
    Like most blasts of carefree romance, its charms may not endure--'Spun', for example, is so saccharine that it's in danger of making your teeth itch--but often in this life, the sweetest things aren't built to last forever.
  7. Sep 8, 2011
    60
    The Californian quintet returns with a full-length release that quite literally recycles the acmes of their EP: "Colours" and "Naked Kids" return untouched and unchanged, while the remaining 10 tracks suggest the band may be a one-trick pony.
  8. Sep 8, 2011
    60
    What it lacks in originality it makes up for in sweet vibes, which may not keep Grouplove going for ever, but is enough for the moment.
  9. 60
    A lot of them work; and some fall short. But even with that being said, for a debut, it's a fun, promising effort from a band who has already established themselves as a live show mainstay in the indie realm.
  10. Sep 8, 2011
    60
    On their own merits some of these tracks are classy pop songs, but there needs to be more depth and scope to Grouplove's sound if they are to look forward.
  11. Oct 6, 2011
    50
    For every song on Never Trust that's listenable, there's an equally unlistenable counterpart.
  12. Sep 8, 2011
    50
    Somewhere in Never Trust A Happy Song are the fragments of a great band, but sadly they aren't enough to make a great album.
  13. 40
    There's no lack of tunes here but precious little spark.
  14. Sep 29, 2011
    20
    The more you listen, the worse it gets.

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