Sad Happy

Circa Waves - Sad Happy
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 83 ratings
2020 Ratings: #687
Liked by 2 people
March 13, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Prolifica Inc / Label
Indie Rock, Britpop / Genres
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With Sad Happy, Circa Waves capture the broken dreams of youth and turn them into songs meant to be played at full volume before leaving you wrecked on the floor.

It’s a contemplative, conflicted look at modern life and feels relevant in a breathless, always-on society. ‘Sad/Happy’ is bittersweet more than anything – which feels like the truest emotion for this album, one that successfully communicates the modern maelstrom of everyday pain and joy.
The Liverpudlian four-piece are gifted with penning peppy indie-pop, the melodies that lift the likes of ‘Be Your Drug’ and ‘Move To San Francisco’ are spiky and infectious but ultimately stick to a well-worn formula that produces middling results.
I enjoyed this, but it just kind of sounds like an average Cage the Elephant record.

Favorite tracks: Be Your Drug, Move to San Francisco, The Things We Knew Last Night, Sad Happy
Least favorite: Battered & Bruised
After their abysmal attempt at a more straightforward, pop direction, the band seem to have taken the step back towards their sophomore record Different Creatures, to mixed results.

In this case it's arguable that a step backwards is a step in the right direction, but thematically it still feels very much stuck in the quarter life crisis state of mind that dominated What's It Like Over There. It's unfortunate that a band who've had a knack for writing vaguely political songs have resorted to ... read more
This is a bold approach to go for a two-part with a narrative that explores two mood swings.
So, Happy (Even though the split came out in January), kicked off rather well with Jacqueline.
But the first half's biggest strength is the lyrics. Their are some golden nuggets that needs further enhancing about struggle, escapism and skepticism.
Then we have this melodic. slow paced guitar and soft drum fills that crossfades into Sad.
Once again, the lyrics in the second half tell a complete ... read more
I still don't get the decision for the Liverpool based band to drop their album in 2 parts, not sure if this has helped or hindered them in the long run.

The album is solid and I think it may get better over time but is not close to last year's effort.

Best Song: Sad Happy
another solid album from indie rock band #414. You can tell that they took some influence from indie rock band #182 but still manage to make it their own.
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Track List

  1. Jacqueline
  2. Be Your Drug
  3. Move to San Francisco
  4. Wasted On You
  5. The Things We Knew Last Night
  6. Call Your Name
  7. Love You More
  8. Sad Happy
  9. Wake Up Call
  10. Sympathy
  11. Battered & Bruised
  12. Hope There's a Heaven
  13. Train to Lime Street
  14. Birthday Cake
  15. Sad Happy
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Added on: November 20, 2019