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Happy Music for Happy People [Import]

Mogwai Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Not everyone gets Mogwai, but that’s what makes them great. Theirs is a majestic, powerful sound where barely a word is spoken yet it is the antithesis of background music. Album and song titles bemuse, confuse and delight in equal measure and live, they are utterly unstoppable.

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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toy's Factory
  • ASIN: B00008Z6QO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,511,874 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Band learns new tricks 17 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
This record is typical of the later, more mature Mogwai: which means nothing even approaching the feedback terror of ‘With Portfolio‘, and no more samples of late night NFL and answer-phones. Whilst for some this kills the raucous essence of the band, ‘Happy Songs For Happy People’ ultimately shows a band more aware of mood, of structure, and most of all song structures stretching beyond the perfunctory build-destroy mechanism of their earlier efforts.
But enough of that, the opener 'Hunted by a Freak' is simply a great post rock song. Here, the spindly opening riff stretches along with that practiced Mogwai uncertainty, segueing nicely into a mellifluous chorus: soon the delay pedals arrive on scene to increase the emotional fervour. Yet the intention to wig out, to simply add more, is commendably forestalled (see ‘mature Mogwai’) and instead Mogwai shift the mood to one of calm in the middle eight, where a cello weaves between clean guitar lines. This demonstrates Mogwai’s growing maturity working to their advantage, and the shift back into the chorus clinches the songs hymnal quality perfectly.
'Killing all the flies' starts of with a simple guitar riff that is evocative of REM, complete with vocoder-voice layered over the top. The song seems like it would be better suited to a live vocal, and maybe Mogwai could have given Gruff Rhys a call, who added so much to 'Dial:Revenge' on Rock Action. This is a similar sort of song, but the structure lacks any kind of punch and after a flurry of guitars mid-song, collapses away into the same tedious, skipworthy harmonics as closes ‘Kids Will be Skeletons‘.
The intermission of 'Boring Machines' is welcome and vital.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Grim 4 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Mogwai album I actually heard and I have to say I completely adore it. Everything I want music to be is on this CD, it's exceptionally downbeat and melancholy yet the songs are still incredibly dramatic and moving. No doubt it's not for everyone (which isn't to say it's some sort of incredibly intelligent album that only I understand as it isn't) but if you enjoy sad, clever and above all subtle music then you should enjoy this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Rock Action 31 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
In a way this album exemplifies the musician's perennial problems of trying to square the circle by coming up with something different whilst staying the same. From the opening notes this is clearly identifiable as being Mogwai and as it progresses can be heard to equal the quality of its predecessors. The individuality of their musical identity creates unenviable inbuilt difficulties: if a piece resembles an earlier recording, the band is laid open to charges of stagnation, of simply having further stabs at basically recording the same album in a new guise; if it differs too much, they risk being accused of losing their identity, or even of selling out and becoming too commercial.

Perhaps tellingly, the two songs that featured in the top ten of the 2003 John Peel Festive Fifty, the only two to be placed, were Hunted By A Freak and the eight-minute epic Ratts Of The Capital, as these side-openers contain the most recognisably Mogwai trademark qualities: the sinister, slow building of the soundscape, the quiet/loud/quiet passages, the tortured guitar. However, elsewhere on the record there are several subtle indications that Mogwai have plenty left to say, musically speaking, and there is more of a democratic band feel than in some of their earlier guitar-led pieces. Four of the tracks are augmented by cello or violin, and a string quartet is employed to atmospheric effect on Killing All The Flies.

As always, the titles remain enigmatic and willfully ungrammatical (Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep; Moses? I Amn't), and in a mark of the new maturity and restraint shown throughout this extremely listenable record, most of the pieces are only three or four minutes long. This is not a record that gives away all its secrets on the first listen, but rewards repeated plays. This is in no small part due to the skilful engineering led by Tony Doogan at the CaVa studios in Glasgow, but also to the collaborative efforts and musical empathy of the band themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mogwai at their very best... 25 Oct 2004
Format:Audio CD
sometimes there is only one album that will fit your mood and for those days when nothing seems to be going right, this is the one. it finds mogwai at their most accessible - it is the album that i've managed to convert more people to the cause with than any other. every track is a classic, although it works best as a whole with it being one of the most uplifting works in my collection. as a mogwai devotee i would recommend any album but this is their best work as a whole, perfect length, wonderful production and no wasted tracks.
a life affirming experience - get it now and see them live, where they are at their peak!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A logical progression 7 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
This one takes some listening to to really appreciate what Mogwai are doing. After my first listen I was left disappointed because it seemed like nothing new.... 10 listens in I was absolutely hooked on the album. It's now up there with Come on Die Young as an absolute favourite. People complain that Mogwai have changed and the music isn't what they originally like Mogwai for but the band are experimenting and trying new ideas. If they had released 4 Young Teams would anybody really be happy? The music takes from where the rather weak Rock Action left off and builds on it to really show the strengths of the band. The first opening track 'Hunted by a Freak' is possibly the best thing they have ever recorded and the piano of 'I Know you Are But What Am I?' is haunting yet beautiful.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A most rewarding album
Typically ironic title for Mogwai's 2003 album, though it finds them a lot cheerier than usual. The album is one of their more accessible albums, with relatively few noisy bits and... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by klaher
4.0 out of 5 stars Good... but not great.
I always thought that Mogwai would have to go a long way to beat Ten Rapid, and each subsequent release has only confirmed the high standard that they set themselves at the start. Read more
Published on 30 July 2009 by I am the Walrus!
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer quality
I've only heard a few of their tracks before, and just bought this finally last week (!!), since then I've listened to it constantly - all I can say that this is now one of the... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2008 by Slartibartfast
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy sadness
If you watch channel 4 you will have heard snatches of this as it is their favourite choice for between programme breaks & trailers. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2007 by Lendrick
4.0 out of 5 stars this is fine stuff
happy songs for happy people is the fourth album bu scottish post rock icons mogwai (named after the breed of little monsters in gremlins). Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2007 by sean paul mccann
2.0 out of 5 stars i don't care how 'underground' they used to be. stop over-rating this...
This is my only Mogwai album.I bought it having heard the single 'Hunted By a Freak',- undeniably a beautiful tune. However, i soon grew tired of this album. Read more
Published on 30 April 2006 by Ciaran
5.0 out of 5 stars Mogwai - Happy Songs for Happy People
It has to be a five star rating. This album has been accused of being their most commercial but I think that this is only because it is their most polished. Read more
Published on 12 July 2005 by "adamwoodhams3"
5.0 out of 5 stars Mogwai continue to improve and mature
Many Mogwai fans get very emotionally attatched to 'their' band, and it upsets them when 'their music' moves on from what's tried and tested. This is called musical PROGRESS. Read more
Published on 1 Feb 2005 by J
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