SOMETHING LIKE HAPPINESS

A couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine asked me what I thought of the new Foals album. To be honest I didn’t even know they’d released one. A few years ago my response would have been an exhaustive assessment appropriate for the latest issue of the NME but nowadays most of the musical notes filling my ears tend to be of a Disney variety…

Gone are the days of road trips sound-tracked by the latest indie hipsters, now I’m usually found cruising the concrete en route to varying family escapades backed by Hakuna Matata or that bleedin’ Frozen number, Let It Go.

Not that I’m complaining.

For parents in a similar position or those expecting, this is/will be a very familiar musical arrangement but there’s something quite snug about the familiarity I now have with these songs knowing the joy they bring to Edie as she belts out an ear-splitting key-change chorus.

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But I have managed to somehow slip one ‘grown up’ album under the radar recently - Marks To Prove It by The Maccabees. A few sudden (planned) dog food shortages have left me with no choice but heroic trips out in the car and en route to these Pedigree binges I’ve been able to take in the new ditties from this ever so excellent fourth album. For me, the obvious stand out tracks are Spit It Out, Something Like Happiness and Slow Sun whilst the rest of the album rumbles a maturing sound increasingly distant from their youthful debut. The songs regularly build from a slow slumber to a swelling of sincere splendour – a Sleeping Beauty if you will (ouch!).

So guys, give your car stereo and your eardrums a little treat... if you haven’t already, go out and buy Marks To Prove It. But whilst you’re there, pop a children’s sing-along CD in that basket too, it will bring just as much, if not more listening pleasure as your little one reaches notes previously thought impossible to the human vocal chord.

Now, do we need anything from the shops? *loads the new Foals album into car stereo*….