• 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
Buy On
  1. Q Magazine
    Sep 21, 2011
    80
    L.A.-based quintet unleash positively euphoric debut. [Oct 2011, p.120]
  2. Alternative Press
    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.

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