Pursuit of Momentary Happiness

Yak - Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2019 Ratings: #50 / 77
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2019 Ratings: #47
February 8, 2019 / Release Date
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Third Man / Label
Garage Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
DIY

‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’ manages to harness even more of the band’s unpredictable live energy while careering between boggle-eyed riffy bangers and booze-sodden self-reflection in truly inimitable fashion.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Yak truly want every twist and turn of Momentary to be a surprise. They want the dark corners that throw you around to remain memorable while ensuring to provide those moments that allow you to really digest what’s happened and to get your guard down.

76
Pitchfork

Yak match raucous, restless energy with uncommon gravitas, making this the rare garage rock-informed record that aims for the upper reaches of Royal Albert Hall.

75
The 405

Yak yet again confirm their music exists in a perfect paradox that englobes the apparent recklessness rock'n'roll feeds on and a complete and meticulous control over the way it is finalised and delivered.

70
Clash

With no intent on living off of past glories, Burslem and co. are keen to move forward and it shows. It's by no means a perfect record, but it sure sounds like they're setting themselves up for one.

70
AllMusic

Such a broadening of consciousness blends nicely with Yak's gut-level execution, resulting in an uncannily absorbing slice of neo-psychedelia.

60
Dork

A bold, ambitious but flawed record.

rosevean
70
Going to make another rough leap but, no noticeable leap forward.
And I can't get rid of the feeling that it's shabby than first Album

#2 Fried / #7 White Male Carnivore
#8 Pay off vs. the Struggle / #10 Layin' It on the Line
puzzlemoon
60
É meu primeiro contato com a banda e eles me lembraram muito uma versão mais punk/agressiva dos tempos de ouro do Arctic Monkeys lá nos primeiros álbuns deles. É um álbum bem forte e isso as vezes se tornava chato pra mim, mas fora isso, é um álbum com baladas EXCELENTES e "Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness" é uma faixa que exemplifica muito isso (sério, pense numa MÚSICA DE CORNO fedendo a uísque). ... read more
75
A la mitad me mató, creí que iban a repuntar pero nope.
myloveiscool
68
Drawing similarities from MGMT and Cage the Elephant, Yak have released a winding and at times energetic indie rock album. It lacks consistency and often doesn't jump between sounds elegantly enough but this is still an impressive effort.

Standouts: Words Fail Me, Pay off vs. the Struggle.

6.8/10. Very decent.
70
Yak comes back with another nice combination of garage rock, psychedellic and Punk. While I enjoyed this album it didn't feel like the huge step forward from their last album Alas Salvation that I was hoping for.

Favorite songs: Fried, Payoff vs. the Struggle, Layin it on the Line
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Track List

  1. Bellyache
  2. Fried
  3. Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
  4. Words Fail Me
  5. Blinded by the Lies
  6. Interlude
  7. White Male Carnivore
  8. Pay off vs. the Struggle
  9. Encore
  10. Layin' It on the Line
  11. This House Has No Living Room (feat. J Spaceman)
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