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Almost Happy

4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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K's Choice ~ Almost Happy

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Another Year
  3. Almost Happy
  4. My Head
  5. Live For Real
  6. Somewhere
  7. Home
  8. Tired
  9. Always Everywhere
  10. Shadowman
  11. Favorite Adventure
  12. Busy
  13. All

Disc: 2

  1. Hide
  2. Cocooncrash
  3. Breakfast
  4. Winter
  5. If You're Not Scared
  6. I Smoke A Lot
  7. Not An Addict
  8. My Heart
  9. Mr. Freeze
  10. Elegia
  11. Everything For Free
  12. Believe
  13. Butterflies Instead
  14. Laughing As I Pray
  15. God In My Bed


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 7, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • ASIN: B0000641B1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"Almost Happy" is K's Choice 4th studio album, which was issued in Fall 1999 in Europe, but remained off the US market, until now. K's Choice following in the US has dimished from the glory days of "Not An Addict" in the mid-90s, but its musical qualities cannot be doubted.
"Almost Happy" finds Sarah and Gert Bettens in fine form. Sounding relaxed and unhurried, the songs are mostly reflective in nature. The opening track (and first single) is the uptempo "Another Year", which leads into other outstanding tunes like the title track (also a single), "My Head", "Somehwere" and later on "Busy" (also a single).
The US edition of the album comes with an extra live disc, which essentially pulls the best tracks of the double "Live" CD that was issued in Europe last December. It is a veritable "Greatest Hits Live" CD, covering all of their best known songs, including of course Not An Addict, but also Mr. Freeze, Cocoon Crash, Breakfast, Winter, If You're Not Scared, Everything For Free, Believe, Hide, and others. Except for "My Head" (the single currently out in Europe), there is no overlap among the studio and the live tracks.
Finally, please note that the cover work for the US Edition of "Almost Happy" is completely different from the European version. This is only fitting, to reflect the generous extra live CD. Belgium's best band shines on both the sudio and the live set. I hope they can find a spot on US radios again!
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By far the sheer songwriting talent of this band surpasses anything that's coming from the American pop-rock scene, and if you doubt it, sample of a few of their songs. Ranging from raucous to whisper, this band can cover more emotions in one CD than most bands cover in five, if ever.
The latest CD, Almost Happy, has been out in Europe for nearly a year, and it was through Amazon Germany that I was able to have it shipped to the US after seeing their video on Belgian TV during a trip there. One listen was all it took, after which I needed to have everything they ever recorded.
A group of Belgian artists, K's Choice guitarist Gert Bettens, who formed the group as the Choice with his sister Sarah (vocals, rhythm guitar), have been professional musicians since the late '80s and once played in a band called the Basement Plugs. Sarah also released a solo single under the name Sara Beth.
After the single's release, Double T Music offered Sarah a contract; a trial session with Gert on guitar convinced the company to sign the two as a band, which was named the Choice. The Great Subconscious Club, the Choice's first LP, was issued in Belgium in 1993. The band's visibility was heightened considerably by Sarah's duet with Scots R&B singer Frankie Miller on Ry Cooder's "Why Don't You Try Me" (featured on the soundtrack to a Belgian movie).
The Choice began touring with bands such as Morphine and the Indigo Girls in other European countries and, later, in the States. The group eventually changed its name to K's Choice after a U.S. band named the Choice claimed the rights to the moniker. The "K" signified Jozef K, the protagonist in Kafka's book "The Trial.
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Just when I thought K's Choice couldn't get any better (Cacoon Crash) they put out another album that is great. This is by far my favorite band of all time. I'm sure if more people gave them a try they wouldn't be disappointed. "Not an Addict" and "Believe" may have been their only hits here in the US, but those songs really only scratch the surface of what this band can do.
On their 2 newest albums there wasn't a song I didn't like (something very rare for me). So if you want something a little mellow but excellent, pick this album or Cacoon Crash. Both are awesome! And please tell your friends. K's Choice could use more fans, so they'll have a reason to tour over here!!!!!!!
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Being a hardcore K's Choice fan, I ordered this cd the day it was released in Europe. When it arrived, I popped it in and took a listen. While there is not one standout song that gets stuck in your head the way other songs have from prior releases(My Heart/Great Subconscious, Not an Addict/Paradise in Me, Cocoon Crash and In Your Room/Cocoon Crash), it is the best start to finish effort to date from the best Belgian band ever. Their style has progressed naturally into a toned down, but musically sophisticated and lyrically powerful genre-defying album. Each and every person I have played this cd for has liked if not loved it. There is an appealing quality that will make anyone enjoy their music. The lyrics are never forced and never generic. Sarah, Gert, Koen, Jan, and Eric work together perfectly. The music is blended the best it ever has been, and this album has a song for just about every mood you could be in. K's Choice has stepped up to expectations of their fans once again, and critics agree. Everyone get this album when it is out in the US, and see them when they tour this summer, they might just become your favorite band too.
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