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December 04, 2007

The Weepies - Happiness

The Weepies - Happiness

Given the name of the band and their genre, I would have figured I would have stayed away from listening to this band. The Weepies could not sound anymore depressing. Add to that the name of their first album, Happiness, and the whole package couldn't sound any sappier. Americana folk-songs about being so happy that you cry? I'll pass.

However, it was late and I was bored. This ended up being a wonderful decision. This is not to say that I was wrong in my assumptions though. The music is sappy enough to sing the line "Deer might fly / Why not? I met you" with a straight face. Yet it is sung with such a quiet conviction that is manages to sound "child-like" without sounding "childish".

This line comes from the album's standout track "All That I Want", an epitomal Christmas-time love song, overflowing with optimism and happiness. The lead singer's voice has perfect, yet subtle inflections as she warbles over the album. This is accompanied by the harmonies of a male counterpart, which leave the truthfully sparse album feeling much more full than one would expect. This is definately recommended for a quiet night at home, especially around the holidays.

Posted by burkema at December 4, 2007 03:05 PM


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