Looking for that perfect album to rock out to with the windows down during summer road trips come June? Look no further.
Miike Snow, the curiously named Swedish pop trio made up of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt have just released their smashing sophomore album, “Happy To You.“
After the group’s self-titled 2009 release, highlighted by the track “Animal,” was featured on soundtracks for “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and “Gossip Girl,” expectations were high when the group announced a second album was in the works.
It is nearly impossible to find a negative review of the album. Anywhere. The only criticism that anyone seems to be able to come up with is the fact that the album takes a twist from the first album. Even these few don’t claim the album is worse—just different.
The tracks on the album are brilliantly diverse. While the more upbeat and poppy tracks such as “The Wave” are sure to draw attention to the album, it is impossible to ignore the sad, swelling chords of the songs laid alongside them, such as “God Help This Divorce” and “Archipelago.” At times, the bounciness of the album reminds listeners of the melodies of Vampire Weekend, and other times, brings to mind more experimental groups such as Passion Pit or Peter Bjorn and John.
Each song is incredibly versatile. Nearly every track from the album would fit in perfectly at a downtown dance club, an intimate coffeeshop set, the dressing rooms of a high-end clothing store or a high school prom. While the songs are intended for wild dancing in a bustling room, they also lend a lot to those who decide to sit down and truly listen to the thoughtful lyrics.
The album ends with the soaring electronic “Paddling Out,” which has made an appearance on the UK charts and is sure to continue to rise in popularity. In the end, the song serves as a reminder that Miike Snow will continue to pursue what they do best: making people dance.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars