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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00004XQWT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,680 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Another year
3. Almost happy
4. My head
5. Live for real
6. Somewhere
7. Home
8. Tired
9. Always everywhere
10. Shadowman
11. Favorite Adventure (The Wedding Song)
12. Busy
13. All

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almost happy [edizione: francia] [import]k's choice (artista) | formato: audio cd

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The fourth album from the band fronted by brother and sister Gert and Sarah Bettens, Almost Happy continues the quintessentially American folk-pop tradition once dominated by 10,000 Maniacs. The only difference is that K's Choice are from Belgium--although if it weren't for the Dutch nursery rhyme of the intro, there would be no way of knowing. The Maniacs links, meanwhile, are easier to spot. Sarah Bettens' gorgeously tender voice is the spit of former Maniac singer Natalie Merchant, and her solemn life-and-love observations, like the Maniacs' best, are countered by the sweetest melodies that save them from being dour and depressing. And like their forebears, K's Choice are at their best when packing a punch with the relatively up-beat pop of "Another Year", "Home" and the title track, and at their worst when not led by faithful female tones; the distinctive charm evaporates as soon brother Gert takes the vocal lead on "Shadowman". In essence, Almost Happy sounds as emotive and mature as the best of 10,000 Maniacs. --Dan Gennoe

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Mertens on 10 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is incredibly beautiful! As a Belgian of course I'm unbelievably proud of our band and therefore not completely objective but nevertheless this is a brilliant album. The very light production only enhances the strenght of the lyrics; Sarah and Gert Bettens are some pretty darn good songwriters, that's for sure. Highlights IMO are Live For Real, Busy, Somewhere and My Head. One ENORMOUS mistake has been made in the amzon.co.uk editorial review: it's NOT a German nursery rhyme but a DUTCH (or Flemish to be precise) rhyme ('wij maken een kringetje van jongens en van meisjes'). Since when do we have German rhymes in Belgium? Leave that to the GERMANS in GERMANY, guys... Guess you shouldn't have skipped geography class in high school! Please change it in your review...
Try this album out, you won't be disappointed, then discover their early work like "Cocoon Crash" and "Paradise In Me" with the hitsingle "Not An Addict".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr P. Davies on 1 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album. K's choice is, i believe a 5 piece, which is a combination of steel string accoustic guitar & electric guitar. The lead vocalist is female with a dry and yet soft voice. the second is also a little husky but really adds to the overal effect.
The Studio recorded disk has a nice range of up tempo and enjoyable songs. I believe it is a great one to unwind with and sing along!
The second disk is a comp. of 15 songs that are played live. All of which gave me a real lust to see them playing live!
I would recomend that you listen to this group, and better still own their music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Like so many that have gone before, I heard about these guys becuase of their relationship with the Buffy The Vampire Slayer TV show. Having bought this album, I was totally blown away. Not only is the sound incredibly beautiful, in the truest sense of the word, but the lyrics are consistently thought provoking and intelligent. The comparisons with 10,000 Maniacs in the intro to this page are apt, but these guys are a force to be reckoned with in their own right. I think it is my favourite K's Choice album to date. Not to be missed!
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By A Customer on 23 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful album but I think it lacks a single that would catch people who hadn't heard of K's Choice before which is a crying shame considering the quality of the band.
The strength of K's choice are the vocals of Sarah Bettens and the fact that she and her brother Gert write songs to make the most of her talent. Saying that the best song on the album in my opinion is Shadowman which Gert leads. Apart from this and Live for Real I can't pick out another standout song but they all hold their own.
If you're looking for an album that you want to listen to then buy this since the melodies and the lyrics, plus Sarah's voice, makes it worth far more than any price you might have to pay for the album.
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Format: Audio CD
As with so many of my albums, I bought this on the strength of the Buffy soundtrack album, was mildly put off by the dodgy 70s cover, but it hasn't left my CD player since I got it. Nothing at all like Virgin State of Mind- I never would have believed it was the same band, but equally brilliant in a soulful, happy skippy, miserable way. Best tracks- Live for Real, My Head, Busy, Tired, pretty much all of them! One listen, and I had one track or another stuck in my head for a week- always the sign of a classic album.
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