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Sweet Resort
MyVillage - Breathe for Me - I'm getting a Placebo-like vibe here, only with heavier guitars. This is a band that successfully bridges the gap between celebrated melodic rockers such as Swervedriver and label mates, Breed 77 and the album has a early 90's feel to it. Alive is a great song, a mellow sound with a big chorus. Silence when you're burning -a big sound again, lots of guitars and melodic lead that combines together to make a noise. The song is well crafted, swayable, but not a mosher, which is how I feel about the album. They don't sound all that happy either.

BEARTOWN - It opens in cracking style with the band's single "Breathe," a pounding, catchy track that could fool the unwary into thinking "Placebo." You can fool the unwary into thinking lots of things, though. Did you know the word gullible isn't in any dictionary? None of the other tracks sound like Placebo, but other bands do spring to mind, chiefly in the opening riffs: A, Nirvana, Feeder, Lostprophets; any number of pop guitar bands, really.
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Silence When You're Burning
MyVillage - A big sound from these Placebo sounding rockers, lots of guitars and melodic lead that combines together to make a loud noise. The song is well crafted, swayable, but not a mosher. They don't sound all that happy either.
XFM Online - After the success of "Breathe For Me" and "The Way You Hate Me", young Brit rockers Happylife warm up for the release of their debut album "Sweet Resort" with single number three. Not a million miles away from early Placebo and a nascent Muse, and while Kevin Brown's vocals may not be as distinguished as either of those band's frontmen, the guitars are at least willing to make a good fist of it.
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HMV ONLINE - "Silence When You're Burning" is a super smooth slice of rock from one of Britain's brightest new acts. Taken from their forthcoming debut album, it marks Happylife out as one of the bands to look out for in 2004 and beyond.
MANCHESTER MUSIC - "Silence When You're Burning" is the sound of Happylife striking gold with their pulsating, passionate and infectious brand of alt.nu.rock. The guitar break is the telling sign of quality. A short interspersing spasm that divides two cycles of the hook drenched chorus.
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The Way You Hate Me
LOGO MAGAZINE - "Show me a white boy who can sing like a black man and I’ll make a million dollars." So claimed Sam Phillips before he met Elvis. "Show me a rock band that can appeal to a boy-band audience and I'll make them a laughing stock."
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PLAYLOUDER - You can now pick up a copy of Happylife’s ‘The Way You Hate Me’ on Albert Music, which flaps about faintly charmingly somewhere betwixt Feeder (on the rockly warm of voice and sternly melodic front) and Doves.
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Breathe For Me
NOISE-ONLINE - With British metal going through something of a whiny period at the moment, it's good to hear a band who are willing to belt it out, as happylife do on this, their debut single.
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STATE OF EMERGENCY - Happylife are one of the UK's fledging bands. With strong tours supporting Rueben and Blondie currently hitting every corner of Great Britain, Happylife are slowly making a name for themselves as they build an impressive fan base and gain plaudits from critics and crowds.
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INDIGO FLOW - Happylife sound like Feeder may have done now if they had held to the promise of their early work. It's heavy, hard-edged and melodic with a nod to early nineties guitar rock.
METAL MAYHEM - Happylife are a must for fans of bands like Feeder and Placebo.
"Breathe for Me" is the bands debut single, and if these couple of songs are anything to go by, their debut album is going to be an absolute classic.
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BLOG CRITICS - Poppy atmospheric rock are what happylife deliver in abundance. The title track is a great bit of pop rock tomfoolery.
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MANCHESTER MUSIC - The first thing that strikes you about HAPPYLIFE is that 'Breathe For Me' sounds incredibly like Placebo. This isn't a bad thing.
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ROCK CITY - This could be yet another English rock band to be proud of. ‘Happylife’ on the first listen to this single is very very 'Placebo' so if you love them you'll love this, but fear not if you don't love 'Placebo'; because the other tracks on this disk show off a different perspective and musical angle and it really is very good.
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