Happiness in Magazines [Bonus Track]

Happiness in Magazines [Bonus Track]

by Graham Coxon

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Happiness in Magazines [Bonus Track]

When he was still a member of Blur, Graham Coxon busied himself crafting solo discs that were exponentially more experimental than that band's work. Interestingly, now that he's a free man, he's grown considerably more fond of pop -- or, more specifically, first-wave punk -- structures. That's evident from the opening notes of the affably aggressive "Spectacular," which sets Coxon's tinnily recorded vocals over a chugging guitar to achieve a vintage 1977 effect. The more angular "Freakin' Out" exists in a similar space, but the stuttering rhythms and harsh strumming owe more to Wire than, say, the Undertones. Coxon is still good for a few curve balls, as evidenced by the lower-than-lo-fi "Girl Done Gone," which could pass for a Lou Barlow demo, and the brass-driven "Are You Ready," which sounds custom-made for an imaginary spaghetti western. He doesn't, however, lapse into revivalism for its own sake. Rather, Happiness in Magazines sounds like the work of a man who knows his rock history well enough to repeat it when necessary, and thumb his nose at it when that seems like more fun.

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Release Date: 01/25/2005
Label: Astralwerks
UPC: 0724356038721
catalogNumber: 60387

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