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Never Trust a Happy Song

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Timothy Lee Young on February 12, 2012
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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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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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Grouplove, they're such a wonderful band! Such a joyous, upbeat sound they have. They sound like they're having a blast, and listening to this album you're right there with them. Never Trust A Happy Song is a bit more guitar driven and less synth-heavy than their followup, and it's better for it. After listening to both back to back several times, I've come to that conclusion.

Good vocals are real important to me - if the vocals aren't there, I can't handle it no matter how good the music is. The lead singer has a diverse sound, sometimes smooth, sometimes rough and scratchy, but never unpleasantly so. It works with the music to create kind of a carefree, effervescent sound.

There's not a single weak song on this album - the whole thing sizzles and pops from start to finish. They have that "indie" sound but it seems like they've perfected that formula with this album. It's not quite rock and roll, but has plenty of guitar and drums. It's not pop for sure, but it's extremely accessible and would probably appeal to almost anyone. Never Trust A Happy Song is an easy 5 stars; highly recommended for anyone who loves good, happy music.
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I heard Grouplove for the first time in a Dentist's office. A patient requested it to help her calm down for her root canal. Anyway, I thought they sounded catchy, so when I saw the album for $2.99 I decided to give it a shot. It's got a great youthful sound, and the songs are diverse. If I had a convertible and lived in a sunny place I would play this with the top down, it's that kind of music. Upbeat (mostly), catchy, and generally happy.

**Updated 1/10/12**

I haven't listened to this much since I wrote the first part of my review. I got tired of it fairly quickly, it just doesn't have much staying power for me.
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This is just my opinion. I bought the CD because I really liked the first 4 tracks. Upon listening to it, I really like other tracks as well. The songs get stuck in my head all the time! The bad news is it gets really old after the first few listens because all the songs use the same elements, almost to the point of sounding same-y. I'm still happy I have this album, the songs are all good, but it gets old quickly.
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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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