Walt Mink

Miss Happiness

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A splendid debut with no filler but less than a half-hour of running time, Miss Happiness was Walt Mink's shining moment. John Kimbrough's bright melodies and start-stop punk flavor more than made up for his somewhat nasally vocals. The band's up-tempo rendition of Nick Drake's "Pink Moon" is one of the best versions of an often-done song, and originals such as "Twinkle & Shine" and the title track ensure that future artists could do much worse than cover a Walt Mink song. Unjustly neglected at the time of its release -- except at scattered college radio stations -- Miss Happiness was one of the brightest debuts of the '90s.

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