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"Must Have Fun" CDR

KEEP Recordings

Genres: indie pop, folk-rock

KEEP Recordings
PO Box 18972
Tucson AZ 85731

Mar 14 - 20 2005

Must Have Fun has a lot in common with The Eels and Sparklehorse in terms of melodic lushness, but it also boasts a loose relaxedness that is completely devoid of tension.  Happiness plays folk-pop with equal parts folk and pop, though there's also an obsession with electronic hip-hop-style beats and frequent background fiddling here.  The melodies are a strongpoint, and their joyful delivery works wonderfully.

The press release lists Jonathan Richman and early Beck as points of comparison, but I still can't shake the Eels connection.  "Sports Facility Vehicle" and "The Springs on my Roommate's Bed" particularly exemplify this.  Some of the more country-based, fiddle-heavy tunes stray from the Eels style, but there's a basic similarity there.  Ultimately, I can't imagine myself listening to this until the end of time; however, for a solid folk/fiddle/pop record, you can't go wrong.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 13 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]