Candy Hearts

Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy

Written by: PP on 29/01/2012 13:00:03

Cute. That's an adjective you don't hear often in connection with music, let alone in album reviews. Yet it's the perfect word to use when describing Candy Hearts from New York and their sophomore album "Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy". Adorable and charming work to some extent, too. All of this is attributed to the singing style of Candy Hearts' female vocalist Mariel Loveland, who sings in an adorably naive manner that oozes of childlike innocence before the big bad world has gotten to you, before cynicism and realism has taken over.

Loveland's voice is the main vehicle for Candy Hearts, whose girly pop-infused punk / alternative rock is otherwise fairly simple and straight-forward, relying on similar sounds and ideas as Mixtapes and Lemuria, the two closest matches to their sound. You could say that where Lemuria thrives on awkward, Candy Hearts does the same on cute. It's a refreshing sound precisely because it's so distant to the realities of the world and what you tend to hear from other bands in both their genre and other styles as well. It's not that the band are oozing of positivity or anything, but the cuteness of their sound makes the listener feel like it does.

"Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy" is good for the same reasons of Mixtapes and Lemuria. Quirky lyricism and a back-to-the-basics approach to songwriting ensures there's something to catch your attention the whole time. It may not be album-of-the-year material, but it's a good effort nonetheless.

7

Download: Tongue Tied, Lighter Than The Air, Good Enough
For the fans of: Mixtapes, Lemuria
Listen: Bandcamp

Release date 27.09.2011
Kind Of Like Records

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