Sunday, June 01, 2008

Happy Anarchy: Reset (Highlark)
release: May 20, 2008
style: encompassing art rock
[rating: *1/2] Staten Island has always been a big question mark. It still is. Originally an eight-member group, the first album from the now five-piece Happy Anarchy grew from seeds of a few bands and styles including latter day Beatles and funk/reggae/ska. By the fifth track, Reset is all over the place. "Vampire Bunnies" is dizzying and not in a good way. It's evident a lot of work was put into the songs, and maybe that's the problem. Overkill resulting in a tiresome listen. -Kenyon

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