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Never Trust a Happy Song

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Grouplove 9/13/2011

Review

Los Angeles-based indie rock outfit Grouplove's 2011 full-length debut, Never Trust a Happy Song, builds upon the neo-folk/rock and dancey indie rock of their 2010 self-titled EP. Still featuring the talents of lead vocalists Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi, Grouplove tend toward creating passionate, anthemic pop moments that are equal parts post-MGMT indie soul and post-Killers dance-rock. Songs "Tongue Tied," "Spun," and "Love Will Save Your Soul" have a rollicking, post-punk exuberance while more hippie-dippy cuts such as "Colours" and "Naked Kids" (a carry-over from the EP) bring to mind such psychedelic touchstones as the Flaming Lips and late-'60s Beach Boys. In that sense, Grouplove also fit nicely next to such similarly inclined contemporaries as Local Natives, New Villager, and Black Kids. Ultimately, Grouplove's Never Trust a Happy Song is a cohesive if ramshackle crowd-pleaser, full of melodic double-lead vocals, handclaps, ringing electric guitars, and staccato synth parts that tips a hat to '80s dance-rock while still retaining the band's obvious love of experimental '60s folk-rock. ~ Matt Collar
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Itchin' on a Photograph Grouplove 4:18
  3. 2 Tongue Tied Grouplove 3:38
  4. 3 Lovely Cup Grouplove 4:14
  5. 4 Colours Grouplove 4:15
  6. 5 Slow Grouplove 3:36
  7. 6 Naked Kids Grouplove 3:28
  8. 7 Spun Grouplove 3:22
  9. 8 Betty's a Bombshell Grouplove 3:34
  10. 9 Chloe Grouplove 3:17
  11. 10 Love Will Save Your Soul Grouplove 3:46
  12. 11 Cruel and Beautiful World Grouplove 4:2
  13. 12 Close Your Eyes and Count to Ten Grouplove 4:41

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