February 3, 2009

The Weepies - Happiness

Band/artist - The Weepies
Genre(s) - Indiepop-ish folk
Origin - they live in Topanga, California. :)
Album - Happiness
Year of release - 2003

The Weepies is Deb Talan and Steve Tannen and I've been obsessed with this duo for a few weeks now. Both were beginning solo-artists - their separate works are also beautiful! [for links see below] - when they found each other based on similar musical interests, and the bond was so strong they even got married! Happiness is their debut, I am only just busy discovering their other stuff. This is the kind of music that many people see as happy and carefree, but can seriously get me down when listened to at the wrong moment. It may just be me, but the mood that this band creates seems very ambiguous to me... there's hope and sweetness, but also a lot of longing and pensiveness. Where the lyrics are positive the melody may be very bittersweet, like on the song Happiness, whereas Jolene
(not a Dolly Parton cover), is sung quite sadly, yet has a really uplifting guitar hook. Of course, that contrast is what exactly what makes The Weepies so addictive. Not everybody's cup of tea, I imagine, but I will relentlessly try to force this down everybody's throats because it's just that good.

EDIT: this release prefers to be downloaded together with Stopped at a Green Light and A Bird Flies Out.
  1. Happiness
  2. All that I want
  3. Vegas, baby
  4. Somebody loved
  5. Jolene
  6. Simple life
  7. Dating a porn star
  8. Keep it there
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