Happiness In Magazines review by Graham Coxon

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  • Released: May 25, 2004
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 8.5 (4 votes)
Graham Coxon: Happiness In Magazines

Sound — 8
It seems to me that The Gra is being a little self-indulgent here, by exploring the sounds and styles of various acts he clearly finds inspirational. Bittersweet Bundle of Misery chimes through with a Kinks-esque barre chord rhythm track, Girl Done Gone clearly champions the bluesy sounds of Clapton and Hendrix (with a fantastic solo), and so on. Tracks that sound like Coxon is playing as he'd like to play include Spectacular, No Good Time (probably my favourite track), Freakin' Out and the tour de force that is People of the Earth.

Lyrics — 7
Coxon's lyrics are pre-occupied with subject matter that is clearly personal to him. While not exactly eloquent, he certainly has an idiosyncratic style that is endearing, funny, scathing at times and loveable at others. Coxon also demonstrates a talent for dialect terms and colloquialisms that ring true with his voice. It can't be said he's a good singer, but there's an honesty and modesty to his vocals that you will never find in the postuering of other rock stars.

Overall Impression — 7
Coxon has huge musicality, which is made apparent with this homage to various musical styles. Where the album falls short is perhaps in some of the less memorable songs, which if one were to be more critical, could even be considered fillers. But still, Coxon remains the guitarist's guitarist, and anyone who takes real pleasure from listening to simple arrangements, good chord use and alternative tunings, and of course blistering solos, will find this album worthwhile.

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    why does he need to be compareds to blur?? this is a stand alone album by a great guitarist if he had never been in blur i bet the scores would have been higher i think its really good anyway