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Happy Songs for Happy People

Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2003 Ratings: #103 / 293
User Score
Based on 131 ratings
2003 Ratings: #56
Liked by 8 people
June 17, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
Tony Doogan / Producer
Post-Rock / Genres
mogwai.co.uk / Website
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JacksonLerner
87
this is the pinnacle of creative endeavors.

it’s experimental music on a peculiar mix of drugs
Doofy
80
'Happy Songs for Happy People' (how very droll) keeps to a shorter album length like 'Rock Action' but otherwise it feels like more of a return to the expansive landscapes of the first two albums - so an attempted refinement to come up with a 'best of both' scenario. They pretty much pull it off.

Opener 'Hunted By a Freak' is an impeccable widescreen beauty, and a similar atmosphere is maintained for the remainder of the first half of the album. The longest track, 'Ratts of the Capital', ... read more
Plats
94
"Happy Songs for Happy People" isn't that happy but is happy at the same time. I dunno, it's confusing. But I did get some joy out of this record! The compositions are great, the addition of synths really adds to the atmosphere and it contains some of their greatest tracks yet!

Fav Tracks: Kids Will Be Skeletons, Hunted By a Freak, Ratts of the Capital, Stop Coming to My House, Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep, Moses? I Amn't, Killing All The Flies

Least Fav Track: I Know You Are but ... read more
andyintoronto
95
Best tracks: Hunted By A Freak, Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep, Killing All The Flies, Golden Porsche
notanalt
75
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Track List

  1. Hunted By A Freak
  2. Moses? I Amn't
  3. Kids Will Be Skeletons
  4. Killing All The Flies
  5. Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep
  6. Ratts Of The Capital
  7. Golden Porsche
  8. I Know You Are But What Am I?
  9. Stop Coming To My House

Year End Lists

#33/NME
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