Avoid Danger

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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Lead singer Salim Nourallah and his crew are definitely happy and almost joyful on this brief but sweet album of power pop tunes. From the opening chords of "The In-Crowd," the band concentrate on a summery sounding, breezy pop sound that brings to mind the Velvet Crush after listening to the Odds and the Gin Blossoms all day. Tight but very catchy, the Happiness Factor rely on time-honored blueprints to get their messages across. "Insane Ledger" sounds like a cross of Gary Glitter if leading Green Day through a garage session. It's powerful but doesn't quite grab the listener's full attention. A softer, mid-tempo orchestral-tinged pop tune, "Proper Channels," has all the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Lead singer Salim Nourallah and his crew are definitely happy and almost joyful on this brief but sweet album of power pop tunes. From the opening chords of "The In-Crowd," the band concentrate on a summery sounding, breezy pop sound that brings to mind the Velvet Crush after listening to the Odds and the Gin Blossoms all day. Tight but very catchy, the Happiness Factor rely on time-honored blueprints to get their messages across. "Insane Ledger" sounds like a cross of Gary Glitter if leading Green Day through a garage session. It's powerful but doesn't quite grab the listener's full attention. A softer, mid-tempo orchestral-tinged pop tune, "Proper Channels," has all the markings of a Beatles' B-side or a typical Michael Penn song. A Hammond organ gives it a fuller, richer sound as well. Perhaps the highlight is the groove-riddled power behind "Soft," with Nourallah letting himself go more than usual. The bridge recalls the Replacements at their finest. You might find yourself hitting replay before it's halfway finished; it's that impressive. "Weight of the World" misses the mark as another paltry Beatles- and Elvis Costello-influenced tune that is, primarily, two songs in one. Thankfully, they get back to their strengths with the psychedelic touches of "Avoid Danger." Costello can also be deciphered on "The Man From the Filling Station." and the lovely "Use Radios!" -- the former having much in common with Costello's "Watching the Detectives." The punchy rock ska of "The Hand That Feeds" is another simple gem but the kicker is "Mr. Critic," which takes the air out of most rock journalists. Overall it's a winner that you've heard before but can't possibly tire of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2004
  • Label: Paisley Pop
  • UPC: 678277072329
  • Catalog Number: 50367
  • Sales rank: 332,910

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The In-Crowd (2:44)
  2. 2 Insane Ledger (2:21)
  3. 3 Proper Channels (3:12)
  4. 4 Soft (3:23)
  5. 5 Weight of the World (4:11)
  6. 6 Avoid Danger (2:32)
  7. 7 The Man from the Filling Station (3:36)
  8. 8 Trouble Magnet (2:59)
  9. 9 The Hand That Feeds (3:35)
  10. 10 Use Radios! (3:19)
  11. 11 Mr. Critic (3:00)
  12. 12 The In-Crowd
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Happiness Factor Primary Artist
Steve Duncan Guitar, Fuzz Guitar
Paul Averitt Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Acoustic Bass, Guitar (Rickenbacker), Guitar (Tremolo), Vocal Harmony, Lead
Chris Carmichael Drums
Rip Rowan Percussion, Piano, Drums, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Mellotron, Vox Continental
Doug Cox Drums
John Dufilho Guitar, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Slide Guitar, Shaker, Guitar (Tremolo)
Faris Nourallah Electric Guitar, Soloist, Guitar (Tremolo)
Carter Albrecht Keyboards
Salim Nourallah Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Rhythm, sleigh bells, Guitar (Rickenbacker), Vocal Harmony
Steve Duncan Electric Guitar, Soloist
Danny Balis Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Danny DeLaMatyr Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Rip Rowan Engineer, Engineering
Salim Nourallah Composer, Engineer, Contributor, Engineering
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