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The 'emotion' of this album is similar to that of Radiohead's masterpiece of inertiatic melancholy "Ok Computer". As the opening track "Hunted By A Freak" suggests there is a hint of paranoia in Mogwai's tunes these days. Infact it is best to think of "Happy Music For Happy People" as an entity or person with whom you are experiencing the world around. The early paranoia gives way to an insignificance as the album progresses, and if you close your eyes you can almost envision yourself walking through the streets of a town, the noise of life muted by sheets of rain, and the colours dimmed in a pervading mist of grey. Your destination is of no importance, rather the journey is thought provoking, no epiphanys, but an overwhelming sense of awareness of life. The music is awash in guitars that drizzle, snippets of vocals the flow like water down a drain, and they steady background plod of drums.
You are not going to play "Happy Music For Happy People" at a party, or as something to get the blood pumping too, well not unless you wish to sonically wither all listeners into a near catatonic state. This is music for headphones, an album to submerge yourself in when you are in an introspective mood wishing to be left in solitude.Read more ›
Hunted by a Freak: You know those moments in songs where you just wanna listen to that song again SOLELY to listen to that one part? This has it. It starts out nice and quiet with arpeggioed electric guitar then it kicks into a haunting vocal chorus. That part you ask? 2:49-3:27. Especially when they repeat that chorus for the 2nd time. Amazing stuff. 12/10
Moses I Ain't: Soft plaintive keyboard intro then is joined by a cello(?), and continues for 3 minutes. It's not really much of a song, really. 7.5/10
Kids Will be Skeletons: Neat little harmonic intro with subtle strings then a 2nd guitar comes in. Another relaxing song with a slow building crescendo 9/10
Killing all the Flies - Another relaxing intro with 2 guitars going on at once doing different lines, then this strange vocal comes in the background which changes another haunting vocals.(Get used to these, there's plenty of them here) which builds to a huge finale then quiets down. How's that for dynamics? 8.5/10
Boring Machines Disturb Sleep - Strange sci-fi like sounds open this song with low mixed vocals(whoa!). Kind of like Robot Chant or O I Sleep extended a couple minutes 8/10
Ratts of the Capital - Longest song on album. Very faint guitar riff then the drums and bass join in for a slow build up until a rather gorgeous little section. Lots of tempo changes.Read more ›
Happy Songs for Happy People is my introduction to Mogwai, and what a first impression it has made upon me. For weeks I have stayed up late nights listening to this CD, totally entranced by its beauty. Happy Songs is a beautiful some what instrumental post-rock album with a very mellow and relaxed feel. melodies and guitar float in the air while solid percussion and string arrangments keep things grounded while exploring new heights at the same time. Listening to this album feels like cool autumn nights, my best dreams, and butterflies in my stomach all in one.
As cliche as it sounds, I can't describe the album in words, nor can I describe its beauty. See other reviews for detailed descriptions of Mogwais sound or songs on this album. I can't say any more than that this is a beautiful album, but that's really all that needs to be said.
Review in a nutshell: Happy Songs for Happy People is a lush, full musical experience that I can not get enough of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's post-rock. In my opinion, it's really easy for post-rock to go stale. There are only so many sweeping crescendos you can hear in a single album before the effect wears off. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Blaise Brennan
I pick this up late, after there last three releases, so "true" Mogwai fans might slam me on this. The release is good, but is doesn't compare to "Mr Beast", "Hawk... Read morePublished on June 7, 2011 by J. A. Brown
An album of savage beauty, incredible dissonances and buildups that peak with the utterly staggering 'Ratts of the Capital. Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by D. Duncan
For my money, this is their best album. The big difference between this album and some of their others (which are very good as well), is that this album is more fan friendly, a lot... Read morePublished on July 24, 2007 by SUPERMAN
In a way this album exemplifies the musician's perennial problems of trying to square the circle by coming up with something different whilst staying the same. Read morePublished on May 31, 2007 by Lozarithm
It's not that it's bad...it just isn't very good. When I listen, I keep waiting for this catharsis that never seems to happen. Read morePublished on April 14, 2006 by crunky
3 1/2 stars
This is like a more solid, more experienced version of what Rock Action sought to be.. Read more
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