Happy Already

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Moving away from the lo-fi sound of the preceding Married, 3 Kids, Sportguitar's third album is their most impressive outing yet; there's a snap and a crackle present on Happy Already that the band's earlier releases lacked, and although Oliver Obert's artless vocals and slack, meandering songs still owe a heavy debt to bands like Pavement and Guided by Voices, tracks like "Romeo Goes," "Mistake" and the title cut are among his most distinctive to date. Equally intriguing is the guitar work of Roland Saum, which is consistently inventive without ever being flashy, pushing the songs in unexpected but wholly welcome directions.

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