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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release for the British indie rock band led by Harry Koisser.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. 100
    As before, echoes of classic Primal Scream/Stone Roses psych-rock underpin the grooves, which lope and stride infectiously.
  2. 80
    It's the strange mix of disconnection, anxiety and gender trouble that makes this album a record made by Gen Y, for Gen Y.
  3. Feb 9, 2015
    80
    Despite the evident WTF factor, this remains a record chock-full of invention, a pursuit of the new and--most importantly--gigantic songs.
  4. Feb 6, 2015
    60
    It’s an album that hints at greatness--such as World Pleasure, a seductive, serpentine thrill--but ultimately seems confused by its looming self-conciousness.
  5. Mojo
    Feb 13, 2015
    40
    This is a very real example of "that difficult second album." [Mar 2014, p.93]
  6. 40
    Throughout, there’s a wearying feel of vanilla indie designed by committee, with barely an original idea between its 10 tracks of chirpy inconsequence.
  7. 16
    A hodgepodge of bland, rehashed, vanilla indie-rock, scarred by woefully inept lyrics, and completely lacking any of the infectious melodies and choruses that bolstered their debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Feb 10, 2015
    7
    Not quite as 'electric' as In Love, however their songs have many forms of underlying lyrical messages of which are underpinned beneath a waxNot quite as 'electric' as In Love, however their songs have many forms of underlying lyrical messages of which are underpinned beneath a wax of upbeat strings and positively vibed chorus, on the whole i think it's a great record, i just think it lacks the originality that was expressed with their first album, but as second albums go, it's one to be proud of. Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2015
    5
    Although Britpop was summarily cremated long ago, odd British Indie/pop bands spring up with little individual charisma so they slavishlyAlthough Britpop was summarily cremated long ago, odd British Indie/pop bands spring up with little individual charisma so they slavishly regenerate tired motifs in both image and song.
    This second album from the Worcester/Droitwich/Birmingham combo seldom rise above providing shallow reflections of a musical era long, long gone
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  3. Mar 24, 2015
    3
    'Happy People', the 2nd full length release from the indie pop/rock band Peace only further immerses them into the dreary world of current'Happy People', the 2nd full length release from the indie pop/rock band Peace only further immerses them into the dreary world of current indie scene which, after their only slightly less bland and pointless debut 'In Love' (2013) seemed almost impossible, but the annoying, immature and borderline futile group have managed to do so.
    Starting with almost melodic 'O You' right the way through to the tentatively funky 'World Pleasure', one of the album's few high points, despite sounding like a group of drunk students trying to sound like Jagwar Ma, the album lacks nuance, any decent hook or indeed anything that would interest anyone who has listened to a decent number of albums of any genre or time period.
    The main problem I have with this album and with Peace in general, with the incredibly poor lyrics a close second, is the dreadful whine which frontman Harry Koisser incessantly makes throughout, leaving me with a headache which lasted longer than their entire discography, a discography which I hope comes to a halt sooner rather than later. It's an album which I imagine will cause a lot of pain with those of us blessed with the gift of ears. (3/10)
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