Normal Happiness - Robert Pollard
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  • Summary: Many of the songs on the former Guided By Voices leader's second solo set of the year originated in tracks recorded for the soundtrack to the Steven Soderbergh film "Bubble."
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
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  1. Normal Happens is a collection of short, breezy power-pop songs with a lo-fi edge. It's easy to listen to, easy to like.
  2. 80
    Pollard's most efficient and exploratory album in years. [#73, p.99]
  3. Normal Happiness is more in the tradition of his best work with GBV -- sixteen short songs (only one over three minutes, seven under two), with plenty of hooks, lots of guitar and no more fuss than necessary.
  4. While there are certainly some forgettable moments here... the refreshing news is that "Normal Happiness" can stand proudly amid the Pollard oeuvre.
  5. 60
    As usual, Pollard sabotages his commercial potential with weak production values and occasionally straining vocals. [Dec 2006, p.121]
  6. Happiness sounds like a string of freaked-out AM hits.
  7. Either too sugary or too bitter and complacent, Normal Happiness is a strictly a family affair.

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