Miike Snow ‘Happy To You’ Album Review
Tis the season for new albums fa la la la la la la la la. Yes folks, they’re coming at us rapid fire at the moment. Everyone and their mother (that’s a good band name) are releasing this year’s new musical offerings, while we in the press weed through the lot looking for some nugget or shiny new ditty that we can cling to. As usual most of it doesn’t hold up and ultimately offers very little in the way of in-depth listening and enjoyment. Not to say that I expected anything like this from Miike Snow, but you never know what that second album will hold. It’s been a career killer for many an artist and band, especially following up an effort as well done as Miike Snow’s self titled debut.
Happy To You came as a bit of a surprise to me, but as it turns out, it was a very welcome surprise. The entire album is strong and extremely well done, not that that should come as any big surprise in and of itself. After all we are talking about three of the most prolific pop song writers and hit crafters in the business. But this album is still a departure from Miike Snow’s first effort. Straight out of the gate, “Enter The Joker’s Lair” sets the tone for new ground, as does the uplifting track “The Wave”. But the clincher came for me in the form of track 3. “Devils Work” is a work of art. It is drenched in Beatles-esque melodies and arrangements. From the French horns to the very Macca-ish chorus, it all works beautifully.
The entire album follows in the same vein, producing strong track after strong track. One of the elements that really sticks out is this band’s ability to have a little fun. Even though Happy To You could have easily been over thought, over produced and taken far too seriously, that is not the case here. “Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)” is a perfect example. It’s light and fun and breaks so many molds. But the Beatles influence is undeniable. “Archepelego” drives this point home beautifully. Thank God its done in such an original Miike Snow way. There are no bad tracks on this album. The whole thing is very listenable and is highly recommended by all of us here at Project Rhythm Seed. Buy it, play it and enjoy it.