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Happiness In Magazines

25 Jan. 2005 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 17 May 2004
  • Release Date: 25 Jan. 2005
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2005 Transcopic Records Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2005 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 47:22
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  • ASIN: B001J6Z0FY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,124 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. R. Threadgould on 5 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Not having heard any of Grahams previous solo offerings, i bought this album on the strength of positive reviews both in the NME and on Amazon.
On first listen the first 3 songs were good, but not great. From track 4 onwards, though, it just gets better and better...and better.
There are some real classic songs on this album, and i'm blown away at the quality of the writing and guitar work. This has got to be a contender for album of the year.
Standout tracks for me are; All over me, Freakin' out, Are you ready ?, Don't be a stranger, and the sublime Ribbons & Leaves.
This album will surely deliver Graham from the shadow of Blur, and put to the rest those calls for his return to Damon & co. If he can make music this brilliant on his own, why should he ?
Don't delay, buy today...sit back and enjoy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. Ginno on 27 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Graham Coxon's fifth solo release, (his second since leaving Blur) reflects his capabilities as an adept songwriter as well as guitarist. Lyrically, Coxon paints a variety of pictures; a disillusioned onlooker passing comment on the world from outer space (the vitriolic rant of 'People of the Earth') and 'Spectacular's' homage to an Internet fantasy. Strangely, the following track 'No good time' sounds very Pete Townshend- esque, but I'm not one for making cheap links.
Graham's latest single, 'Bitter-sweet Bundle Of Misery' is, for all intensive purposes, 'Coffee and TV' Mark II. Whilst the chorus could be written by any love struck teenager- "You're beautiful/ I love to watch your face in the morning light/ You're really cool/ I like the way we fight/ right through the night", its beauty is in its simplicity. 'Freakin' Out', by far and away one of the year's best singles, is pure pop-punk with riffage to tempt even the most self-conscious into air guitar. Though it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Skids 1978 anthem 'Into the Valley', it still sounds fresher in 2004 than most of this year's releases.

Elsewhere, the emphatically maudlin 'Are You Ready' bears all the tremolo-laden hallmarks of THAT Urge Overkill song; with Coxon's soft estuary drawl working surprisingly well over a bed of Bond-style orchestration and Spanish guitar. 'Bottom Bunk', an ode to an imploded sex life, could easily fit onto Parklife, whilst with 'Don't Be A Stranger', Coxon rewards his psychiatrist with one of the catchiest tunes on the album.
'Happiness...' demonstrates Coxon's 70s punk influences and there is much scope for the kind of axe-wielding that Damon Albarn would surely have clamped down upon in the past. Then again, this is not a Blur record, and that is not, it is fair to say, necessarily a bad thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris C on 17 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Graham Coxon has never been an obvious name that would crop up in a music fan's collection, nor has he been relatively high up on the recognisable stars list. Maybe this is due to his departure from brit-pop titans Blur.

Happiness In Magazines, Coxon's fifth release, is a bold step into the mainstream. Reverting back to a sound that Coxon clearly was trying to avoid after leaving Blur, Graham's talents finally come seeping through on here. His guitar skills have never been question, the music is fantastic and the solos often feel improvised.

His songwriting abilities have risen also here, with themes that beat Blur's Think Tank out of the water. From his open letter to the UK on People of the Earth with the tag line "People of the earth you have failed, you still worship The Sun and The Daily Mail", or his take on the clubland scene on No Good Time. His love songs are also top notch with Spectacular sporting a bold progressive riff with attitude to boot and Bittersweet Bundle of Misery recalling Blur's Coffee & TV, but touched up for the new millenium.

Of course, this review can't go on without mentioning the song Freakin' Out. Possibly Coxon's best song ever recorded, this is the Brit-Pop anthem that was never recorded in its heyday. With a insanely catchy riff, a massive singalong chorus, an outrageous solo and snotty vocals, Freakin' Out is the anthem for the UK.

To close up, its a question of whether Coxon has benefited from his departure from his former bandmates, and the answer is most definately yes. Whilst Albarn has resorted to singing for cartoon band Gorillaz, Blur has gone into obscurity.

As Coxon states in Don't Be A Stranger, he's "a big rock dog eating indie frog". Your turn Damon. Find Happiness in this record.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason Edwards on 29 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
You would not believe how incredibly difficult it is to try and avoid the obvious connections to Blur whilst reviewing this album. Coxon is really rather keen to put his past behind him but unfortunately his sound is so similar to that of his former band that it is amazingly tricky to avoid it. But Graham, I shall try my hardest.
Coxon's previous solo album releases have been somewhat bitty and hard to listen to at times. They have failed to live up to their expectations, not so much the earlier ones, and have sounded rather unfinished. But on this new release, his creative talents have really shone through. He has discovered a much rockier sound that the likes of Ben Kweller and Ryan Adams could only long to achieve. You have all probably heard the belting "Freakin' Out" already and that is possibly the best track on the album, but it does by no means outshine the rest of the tracks. The pounding opener of "Spectacular" provides a classic Brit Rock feel with a pounding bass line and a sharp, jumpy vocal that would not go a miss on anything that Oasis produced in their early days. "Girl Done Good" shows Coxon's experimental side coming out with a beautiful, White Stripes-esque, folk ballad that is probably the most unique track on the LP. "Bittersweet..." provides catchy riffs, "All Over Me" is a ballad that anyone would be proud to call their own, "People of the Earth"'s powerful message is something to seriously consider (People of the earth/You do not rock/You're nothing but a dirty frock) and "Hopeless Friend" with its 60s feel is a great dance along tune.
To be honest there are only a couple of disappointing tracks on the album that come nearer the end of the listing, "Bottom Bunk" and "Are You Ready".
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