Happy Stars

Punk N Soul: The Ballad of The Electrical Sheep

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The Happy Stars represent a classic case of musical multiple personality disorder. At it's best, Punk 'N Soul shines with a boatload of pure pop heavily influenced by '60s British Invasion rock. On top of multilayered vocal harmonies and playful antics, the Happy Stars provide countless moments of bouncy energy -- up until a bewildering change in direction. Suddenly, the band exchange their pop flavor for the twang of lighthearted country undertones, the hard-rock angst of second-rate grunge, and even the occasional hint of psychedelic '70s glam. Not that any of these changes are a turn for the worst; it actually shows that the Happy Stars can take any style of music and mold it into a catchy arrangement. But unfortunately, this exact diversity also removes the pleasance of Happy Star's better moments of Monkees-inspired guitar mischief. If these guys had been able to find their musical identity, Punk 'N Soul could've been an instant shindig.

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