Pursuit of Momentary Happiness

Yak - Pursuit of Momentary Happiness
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2019 Ratings: #400 / 625
User Score
Based on 74 ratings
2019 Ratings: #659
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.

80
NME
‘Pursuit of Momentary Happiness’ is excessive at times. From most other bands a swooning old-time ballad like ‘Encore’ and the slightly indulgent power-ballad ‘Words Fail Me’ would raise a big alarm. Somehow though, in Yak’s case they just about get away with it.
78
Paste

Pursuit of Momentary Happiness isn’t as consistent as its predecessor, but its moments of punk gusto find Yak at their mightiest peak.

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.

35
Under The Radar

There may be some good ideas here, and political awareness and a lack of fear to share those ideas should always be applauded, but as a record in 2019, Pursuit of Momentary Happiness doesn't even offer the moment for which it searches.

CheapandLethal
80
Good
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
KengojiUltamYT
74
Damn Pay off vs. the Struggle is really great
75
Encore is such a good song. White male carnivore is a standout along with payoff versus the struggle. Not all material on here is spectacular for their various reasons but in short it’s a fun listen!
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
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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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