Grouplove “Never Trust a Happy Song”

So this is what the fuss is about. Grouplove are in fact pretty good. “Itchin’ on a Photograph” gets the album off to a good start, with what perfectly exemplifies today’s college rock sound.
This is music that makes you smile in its innocent goodness. “Lovely Cup” inspires hope that the girl across the hall will not only sleep you with but meet your parents at Thanksgiving. Let them worry about your brother being gay. Finally.
“Slow” has a frenetic percussive beat even if the song itself isn’t overly fast. It sounds like something Rihanna would sample when she had a special guest MC, or whatever it is they call MCs today.
Vocals that yell more than sing dominate “Spun.” This band reminds me of Sunnyvale (the city) because the song names, like Sunnyvale’s street names, are either really long or really short.
“Chloe” has a similar beat as “Rock This Town” by “Stray Cats,” and the melody vaguely hints at Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5.” If it’s a ballad you want, “Cruel and Beautiful World” delivers the goods.
These guys continue their rise to the top. Enjoy the ride.

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