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Never Trust A Happy Song was produced by the band's own Ryan Rabin and comes on the heels of their acclaimed, self-titled EP released early 2011. Heralded by NME as one of the "Best New Bands of 2010," Grouplove closed '10 touring the U.S. with The Joy Formidable and being handpicked to open a number of West Coast dates for Florence + The Machine. Since then, the band has been on the road nearly non-stop. SPIN declared Grouplove "a band to watch in 2011" and called their track "Colours" "one of the most infectious songs you're bound to hear," while NPR described their music as "wild, thrilling and above all joyful noise."
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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B005EMNL4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I got this on pre release based on the strength of their first EP simply called `Grouplove'. It is just summer, fun and soaring vocals that bring a smile to your face. It opens with `Itchin on a photograph', which sets the scene with hand claps opening onto a full throttle harmonious bout of sing along danceable fun. Hannah Hooper does great backing (and lead) vocals, and all the artwork too. Mind you all six contribute and they really do enjoy their performance.

Track 2 `Tongue Tied' is equally up and poppy - and make no mistake experimental this aint. It is the sort of thing that makes you want to sing and dance along, which in my case tends to annoy anyone within ear shot. There is no lyric sheet and you don't need it as everything is very clear and unchallenging, which some will see as a criticism, but this is escapist fun and full of positivity and good times. `Lovely Cup' is one I remember them playing when I saw them at `Latitude Festival' and it sounds as good on record, and it is followed by `Colours' which was the opener on their previous EP. Now a mate of mine said that was a bit pants as it means buying the same song twice. However there are only two tracks from that EP, the other is the brrrilliant `Naked Kids' and as there are 12 songs here, we are actually getting ten new ones. So glass a load more than half full in my books.

Track 5 has Hannah do the lead vocals and takes the pace down a tad, but in a nice change of pace way that keeps up the momentum with some lovely atmospheric bells and soaring guitar. Fans of ukelele (I thought it was a mandolin) will love `Spun', this gets us back on track with the driving bass lines and if one were being honest, simplistic lyrics, that are delivered in an effortless way that few can match.
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Wow, so few reviews (as of February 2012) for such an awesome album! This is an album for alternative fans, or even pop fans, to not miss. So many have talked about hits such as "Tongue Tied" (thank you Apple for introducing this song to us in a big was on your commercials!), "Itchin' On A Photograph" and "Colors"; but as with any great album, 'Never Trust A Happy Song' takes a little time to explore and appreciate its depths. I just can't imagine life without "Slow", "Love Will Save Your Soul" and "Close Your Eyes And Count To Ten"--they have such catch melodies that will haunt you until you return to visit them over and over again! Much like a paradox for alternative music, Grouplove seems like they have so much fun singing all of these songs, despite having an album title that sounds like it could be a bit depressing! This all combines to be a stellar debut, and one of 2011's best albums, that shouldn't be missed!
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For anyone wondering whether Never Trust a Happy Song delivers, the answer is a strong yes. I had never heard of Grouplove before their self titled EP came out earlier this year. The 6 song EP was just a tease leaving my foot tapping, hands clapping and me wanting more. Colours and Naked Kids were featured on the EP but find a warm place on Never Trust a Happy Song. This will probably be categorized under 'indie' music but I really think it has a wider appeal than just indie music. Elements of folk,pop,some electronica,alternative,and rock are incorporated into this release as well as indie.

This is infectious music that is full of wonderful harmonies, good times and smiles. That might not be cool for you indie hipsters but that's great because the world could do without any more hipsters who swear by Bon Iver and the XX. With 2 singers and plenty of harmony in the songs, they will be stuck in your head and want you to give the disc repeated listens.

There have been some good releases in 2011, such as My Morning Jacket's Circuital, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Beady Eye, Foo Fighters, Primus and more but I think this could be the best release of 2011 so far. Of all the previously mentioned releases, Never Trust a Happy Song will probably get the most spins and repeated listens from me because its just fun and is uplifting, and at music's core, isn't that what it should be about?

I've never written a review before on Amazon but Grouplove deserves to be heard and enjoyed by the masses. Here's to great success and many more great albums by Grouplove!
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Let me admit upfront that I am a late-comer to the Grouplove party. I was not aware of these guys until recently (more on that later) but better late than never, I suppose. After releasing a self-titled EP in early 2011, the band came back in September, 2011 with this, their full-length debut album.

"Never Trust A Happy Song" (12 tracks; 47 min.) starts off with an irresitable "Itchin' On a Photograph", and when you hear the following track, "Tongue Tied", the first thing you'll probably think of Modest Mouse, and yes, Grouplove certainly is reminiscent of that. "Lovely Cup" continues in the same upbeat vein, with silly lyrics like "You're such a lovely cup/Why don't you fill me up", ha! (shouldn't it be "why don't I fill you up"?) Track 5 "Slow" is the first time the band slows things down. "Naked Kids" is the only song on here that also appeared on the EP. "Betty's a Bomb Shell" is a beautiful ballad. As track after track unfolds, I couldn't help be be impressed with this band, sounding like well-crafted veterans. In all, this is an excellent debut album and I can't wait to see what Grouplove will do next.

As mentioned earlier, I only recently found out about these guys when I saw them in concert in July earlier this year at the Bunbury Music Festival here in Cincinnati, where they put on an astonishing 50 min. set that absolutely floored me. They played many of the songs from this album as well as a couple of new songs that sounded very promising. Meanwhile "Never Trust A Happy Song" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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