I can’t even begin to tell you how long I’ve been waiting for this album to come out. I spent the better part of last year listening to only Miike Snow. And after a while, I was left craving something new from the Swedish electro-pop trio. Well, with the release of Happy To You earlier this week, my long awaited wishes have been answered.
Upon getting ready to give the album a first listen through, my biggest concern was that it wouldn’t live up to the very high standards they set for themselves with the first record. With 3 or 4 songs already leaked, I had an idea of what I was getting into. By the time the third track was over, I knew all my expectations were being met. This album is everything I could have asked for. They cover their entire range from the softer, airier songs, to the slower, heavier songs, to the upbeat, fun dance tracks.
Although it may be hard to hear after a single listen, and they may seem rather similar in style, when I take this album and put it side by side with their debut, they are actually quite different. The first album was driven predominantly by catchy, upbeat melodies, and dance-friendly beats. Happy To You, while it does have some of that, also has a lot of the trippier, “stare out into space and get lost in the music” type of songs. I don’t say this as any type of negative commentary, because I do genuinely love this album. I just say it as a contrast to their earlier work. In fact, it shows a bit of maturity and development in the bands musical stylings.
Overall, I’d give this album a 9.2/10. You can watch the music video of ‘The Wave,’ which was included in the Deluxe Version of the album. So check out the newest video, and make sure to pick up the entire album on iTunes.