Album Review: This is My Happy Face by The Cocktail Revisionists

Album Name: This is My Happy Face
Artist: The Cocktail Revisionists
Year/Label: 2006 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I knew I’d like this right off the bat when I saw the cover photo and read the title. I thought, this is my kind of humor.

We open with an appropriate song and title, “The Bar is Open”.

These songs are melodically easy, breezy, Brit pop-ish. They range from jumpy fun pop (This Little Hell) to even sort of maudlin (December).

“Clear Blue Skies” sounds more like regular old rock. Bar rock.

There’s even a bit of a late 60s psychedelic feel such as on “Skin And Bone”.

“Ode To You” is probably my favorite. I love the intro/bass line (played on keys!)

So there’s a good mix here. It’s a nice combination of sounds. Good for any mood. I dare say, something for everyone.

Leslie Kooy’s vocals are a good match for the musical style. There’s nothing terribly flashy about her voice. Just a good solid part of the whole package. She’s on key (trust me, this is not as common as you might think, sadly) and sounds like she’s having fun.

The rest of the band is equally skilled, though flashier than the vocals, especially on “Arbusto”, where they really get to rock out. I actually think that might be my favorite. But I’ve changed my mind several times just in the witting of this review so that could change again. That’s good; it means I like all the songs in their own way.

I think you’ll have fun with this one too.

Posted on March 20, 2006


Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Brilliant album,very nice pop.
name: anna on Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. The Bar Is Open
2. Things Will Change
3. This Little Hell
4. Clear Blue Skies
5. Skin And Bone
6. Half Asleep
7. Lie To Me
8. Ode To You
9. Never Felt Like This Before
10. Arbusto
11. Paradise
12. I Am The Rain
13. December

[The Cocktail Revisionists Official Site]


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