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4.54 out of 5
Media: Audio CD|
ISBN/ASIN : B0001KZM48
Manufacturer : Parlophone|
Release data : 17 May, 2004
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Graham Coxon is a God. You know exactly what you're going to get before: a)parting with your cash, b)parting with somebody else's cash, c)stealing this album (delete as applicable) - an album based on heavy guitar riffs with unmistakable vocals. Even though not the greatest vocalist in modern day music, anybody else's voice on the tracks wouldn't quite have the same effect as Coxon's.
The album is best described by its opening track - 'Spectacular' - a catchy little number with a great guitar riff that deserves to be listened to loud and sets the standard for the rest of the album.
'Freakin' out' is the standout track of the album for me. First heard it on 'Friday Night with Jonathan Ross' and it weally wocked (sorry, but I had to). Beginning to end, this tune has an up-tempo beat and a kickass riff that should be expected on any Coxon album.
If I'm honest the last song, 'Ribbons and leaves', doesn't do it for me, but you'll be hard pushed to find any album that doesn't have at least one track that lets it down slightly. Still, 11 outstanding tracks makes this album a must have for any music fan.
Happiness.....comes with finding true form !
Not having heard any of Grahams previous solo offerings, i bought this album on the strength of positive reviews both in the NME and on Amazon.
On first listen the first 3 songs were good, but not great. From track 4 onwards, though, it just gets better and better...and better.
There are some real classic songs on this album, and i'm blown away at the quality of the writing and guitar work. This has got to be a contender for album of the year.
Standout tracks for me are; All over me, Freakin' out, Are you ready ?, Don't be a stranger, and the sublime Ribbons & Leaves.
This album will surely deliver Graham from the shadow of Blur, and put to the rest those calls for his return to Damon & co. If he can make music this brilliant on his own, why should he ?
Don't delay, buy today...sit back and enjoy.
Happiness in Magazines?
So what should we expect now from Graham Coxon now that he has left Blur and is now free to concentrate on his solo work? The answer is a scorcher of an album.
From the first track 'Spectacular' you can tell that Graham Coxons lo-fi days are well behind him.
The rocky guitar and pounding drums make a great start to the album, which leads well into the next song 'No Good Time'. This song is similar and shows Grahams a great songwriter, and has a class guitar solo towards the end, this song really gets stuck in your head, but in a good way.
Next is Girl Done Gone, which is more 'classic Coxon', an understated bluesy song with lazy lyrics, it's OK but not great. 'All Over Me' is track 4 and is another slow number this time with strings, Graham's vocals are at their best here.
'Bittersweet Bundle of Misery' sounds so similar to 'Coffee and TV'(Blur-written by Coxon, appears on the album 13) its uncanny, but this songs lyrics are slightly forced and arent that great and are slightly annoying, its not one of the best song on the album.
Next is the first single from this album 'Freakin' Out'. This song is really a classic and the single unusually for Graham had relative chart success. It a real rocker and the guitar is so cool. Lyrics are delivered in a snarly-sort-of-way and this song shows what the new 'proper rock band' should be doing.
'People Of The Earth' and 'Hopeless Friend' keep the album rolling along nicely and are reminiscent of the earlier Blur days. Top quality again then!! The lyrics of 'People of The Earth' is so funny and is agin punk-rock in its sound and hostile message.
'Are You Ready' is next and is possibly the weakest track on the album, although there is some nice sound effects and guitars which paint the picture of nice western cowboy situation. The lyrics are laid back but I don't think they really work with the music. Another slower song is next 'Bottom Bunk'. It ticks along nicely but is by no means a standout.
'Don't Be A Stranger' most defiantly is with the title of the song repeated to great effect. The punchy guitar and then the toy-keyboard sound contrast interestingly, then the feedback kicks in and you realise that the album is near to finishing.
The closer to the album is amazing. 'Ribbons and Leaves' with the slow with piano, and resigned, submissive delivery of the lyrics from Graham adds to the emotion of the song. This is without doubt the best of the slower songs on happiness in Magazines.
The album moves well between genres, and merges them as well as anyone has in recent years. The future looks bright now for Graham and this new direction of more catchy but still interesting songs is working well so far.
(this review is based on the promo-CD)