Normal Happiness

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Oct 10, 2006
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8

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  1. ttheve
    Jul 2, 2007
    9
    another excellent release- a new pollard release usually means4 or 5 new instant classics. here he comes through again. boxing about ia the most beautiful song he 's ever writte. Faceful and Full Sun and Towers/Landslides are the others that got stuck in my head for months and I could'nt stop enjoying them. Love it.
  2. AndertonA
    Oct 11, 2006
    8
    in your aaaaarrrrmmmsss in your aaaaaaarrrrmmmsssss
  3. EstherW
    Nov 19, 2006
    9
    A bountifull box of tasty two-minute musical bon-bons, and I can't stop with just one. This is maybe the best new record I've heard all year so far.
  4. BenjaminoV
    Oct 15, 2006
    9
    Another Pollard classic. More instantaneous and accessible than the excellent FaCE that came out in Jan. This one finds Pollard knocking out subversive little pop ditties with hooks a-plenty.
  5. EWayne
    Jan 13, 2007
    9
    Bob's produced another low-fi, power pop gem. Addictive listening.
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Urb
    70
    One of his better releases this year. [Oct 2006, p.122]
  2. While it eschews the unlistenable doodles that litter most of his albums (and comprise all of some) in favour of upbeat 60s-styled guitar pop, Pollard never quite pulls out the killer hook or the great chorus that he could manage at will in his early/mid-90s golden period.
  3. While there are certainly some forgettable moments here... the refreshing news is that "Normal Happiness" can stand proudly amid the Pollard oeuvre.