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Happy Pills

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Candlebox return with their much-anticipated third album, Happy Pills. One of the most successful bands to emerge from Seattle in the 90's,Candlebox hones and refines its sound still further on this album; Happy Pills stands as their most powerful and accomplished effort to date.

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Poor little Candlebox. Not only were they written off as one of a dozen or so Seattle clone bands, but they were also the first of the postgrunge, here-today-gone-tomorrow crop that's grown fertile with the addition of groups such as Third Eye Blind, Matchbox 20, and Marcy Playground. So how does Candlebox aim to thwart expectations and hurdle obstacles? Simple. They get all sentimental, forsaking alt-rock muscle in favor of slick, overtly melodic rhythms and overly produced arrangements. Even when they threaten to kick out the jams, as on the title track and "Blinders," they resort to lilting vocals and ragged, predictable blues-rock passages because, hey, that's what sells. Probably not this time. --Jon Wiederhorn

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 21, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maverick
  • ASIN: B000009D1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit that there was a reason why Candlebox never skyrocketed to the amount of fame of Soundgarden or Pearl Jam- they just never had the same kind of "edge." The reason certainly wasn't the lack of a good guitarist- as Peter Klett continually has done great work for them with a really signature sound. And the reason DEFINITELY wasn't the lack of a good singer. In fact, I will go a step bolder here- Kevin Martin was THE greatest rock singer of the nineties- in terms of pure talent alone. Maybe his hooks weren't as catchy as Vedder's or Cornell's or Staley's or Cobain's, and maybe he never gained attention by doing weird things with his voice like they did, but (pardon the cliche), the man sang his heart out. He did it on unforgettable older songs such as "You" (my favorite Candlebox song to date), and his voice seems to have only improved as Candlebox have progressed. On "Happy Pills," the style has toned down quite a lot- no more songs like "You," I'm afraid. In fact, it could almost be called easy listening. But damn, when you listen to Martin's passionate crooning on "10,000 Horses" and "A Stone's Throw Away," it's hard to really care. The other plus, aside from Martin alone, is that the band finally seem to have found a definitive sound on this album. You could hear two songs from Happy Pills at completely separate times without knowing anything about them, and still tell that they're on the same album. Not that all songs sound the same- the variation is quite gargantuan between the title track, which is the song most reminiscent of their debut album, and "Sometimes," the beautiful ballad that functions nicely as a centerpiece for the album.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Macri on December 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you listen to the critics about Happy Pills, you are obviously a nut. This CD is definately a mile in front of 'Candlebox' and 'Lucy', and the style of music has definately taken a step forward. '10,000 Horses' should have become a rock anthem. Every track on this CD is fantastic. I thoroughly recommend this record to anyone who has a taste in fine music.
Well done Candlebox.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe on August 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Candlebox's 3rd album, and yet another change in direction from this band. Where "Lucy" was underproduced and had a garage feel to it, "Happy Pills" leans more towards classic hard rock, and reminds me of Aerosmith at times. Once again, it's another extremely solid and great album from Candlebox, though sadly their last. "10,000 Horses" is a good opener, a well-written catchy hard rock song. "Happy Pills" is the heaviest and angriest song on here, and is helped by an excellent dual-guitar solo, and an awesome riff. It's one of my favorites. The songs are lighter overall on this one, and acoustic guitars are used much more than on the previous C-box albums. The song in which the acoustics stand out the most is the ballad "Sometimes", which is a very deep song with moving lyrics. It's also one of the best on here, and probably one of the best love songs I've ever heard. "A Stone's Throw Away" is a blues-based song, with some excellent lead guitar in it, it's another well-written song musically and lyrically. The other songs on here are pretty enjoyable, so overall it's a great album. In conclusion, it's got great guitarwork and great lyrics/vocals from Kevin Martin. Recommended for fans of Candlebox; and fans of hard rock (Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Zeppelin, etc.) should enjoy this as well. I'd give it a 9/10 on the Joe scale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Stuker on October 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For those of you who don't know, Candlebox are no longer together. They all went their seperate ways. It truly is a shame they weren't appreciated enough when they were together. While Happy Pills is probably there most "pop" album, it still contains the style and integrity that any true Candlebox fan would love.
10,000 horses makes a perfect opener to one of the great pure rock albums of the 90's. This, the last Candlebox album, contains the best rock ballads I've ever heard on one CD. I think the songs contain the most personal lyrics Kevin Martin has ever written. Actually you could make a case that tracks 3-5 (Blinders, It's Alright, A Stone's Throw Away) could have easily been made into a 15+ minute epic with the right transitions. Offerings and Step Back carry themselves in the vein of great rocks songs via The Black Crowes with great vocals by Martin that add the unforgetablue Candlebox touch. Another great and most balladesque (if that's a word) song is Sometimes. This album wraps up with a few feel good rock songs that compliment the rest of the songs perfectly.
For those of you still craving for more Candlebox, look for Kevin Martin's solo disc coming out in the near future, hopefully 2001.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
the first candlebox c.d. was awesome and i figured "lucy" would be too. i was wrong and thought candlebox was washed up. now comes "happy pills" and their back again with a great c.d. i think a lot of people don't realize this , probably because it didn't get a lot of radio play and there are deeper cuts on the c.d. that are really terrific. If you liked the first c.d. you will like this one also
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