Deep Down Happy

Sports Team - Deep Down Happy
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #387 / 809
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2020 Ratings: #376
Liked by 11 people
June 5, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Bright Antenna / Label
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With no shortage of confidence, Sports Team are the complete package. A band beyond just their music alone, there are no half measures here.

The Line of Best Fit

Whether it’s doing drugs or finding love, Deep Down Happy expresses those smalltown suffocations and inequalities paired with massive choruses and the pithiest of lyrics.

No Ripcord

The band is coming into their own, romanticizing the more humdrum aspects of the everyday with both joyous celebration and sulky dissatisfaction.


The gobbiest new bunch on the block cement their early promise with a debut album full of hedonism, tribalism and untamed energy.

The Independent

Singer Alex Rice plays the eccentric circus ringmaster, conducting the careening rhythms, skittering drums and his own, hyperactive delivery.


In 12 songs, they make it pretty clear which side they’re on, and it looks like the winner - smart, engaged, and willing to crack a joke with the faith that their musical dexterity will speak for itself. Love them or hate them, dismiss them at your peril.

Northern Transmissions

Two years in, Sports Team are promising rookies on the scene; you wouldn’t bet against them fighting it out in the big leagues by the time album two drops.

The Observer

Pleasingly, their debut album suggests there’s enough musical substance to back up their fighting talk.


These songs feel immediately familiar and timeless—you could have sworn you heard these melodies on so-and-so’s album from 15 or 25 years ago, but it never feels contrived despite obvious comparisons throughout. Sports Team are exciting in a way rock bands of this ilk haven’t felt in ages.


Their hooks are memorable, and the hummable guitar parts across the record are plentiful. But there’s one huge problem. Sports Team are fulfilling all of the criteria needed to qualify as a has-been band in the making.

Loud and Quiet

A debut as wry, energetic and charismatic as their inexhaustible live presence has always promised.


Ultimately, ‘Deep Down Happy’ aims for its inclusion in that Great British Literate Pop Tradition while falling somewhat short. It lacks the charm, grace, and wit of Pet Shop Boys, it lacks the sexuality and grime of Suede’s opening salvos.

the political commentary on this album is tasteful. the lyrics reflect how these six cambridge students form an intelligent band whose societal reflections draw upon an audience.

although it’s only their first proper album, ‘deep down happy’ demonstrates the experience that sports team have accumulated through years of touring.

sports team are unbelievably together; they have lots of chemistry.

the songwriting is delivered extremely quick. it’s as if Jarvis Cocker ... read more
One of the best debuts and albums of 2020. If this wasn't the year it was, I could see this band playing stadiums all over the world. I can't get these songs out of my head and it automatically puts me in a good mood whenever I put this album on. Deep Down Happy has not received the attention it deserves in my opinion, but I believe in time it will. Sports Team is here to stay.
The sextet formed in Cambridge (I open melon: do you need so many people in a group?) leaves something to be desired in their debut album despite believing themselves the kings of the mambo. A pastiche of influences, some quite cheeky, from post-punk and indie-rock from the early 2000s. They say they don't want to be The Strokes, but that's what they sound like. Victims of excessive hype, Deep Down Happy does not leave me too happy.
This guys are amazing, their musical approach is clearly outdated, but lets recognize it, they just released hell of a nice record.

For sure they have arrived at least twenty years late. Most of the musical scene are clearly more bitter, dark and so much serious than them nowadays. And that's ok, things are not pretty, bright or fun today but that's not reason enough to completely erase every other posible musical vibe. That only reason makes this album a very welcome one.

The sound is ... read more
Despite the obvious glares in a lack of variety & diversity, Sports Team has dropped a very solid debut indie rock album with tons of old school punk influence.
Favorite track: Here it comes again
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Added on: February 17, 2020