I bet the temptation to fill out pop fun like Hey Watcha Say, Sink in the Dirt or Lady and the Flies with all manner of sonic gadgetry was a big one. I’m really glad that there’s room in these tracks, it’s confident and sassy music.
A fun, if occasionally strident listen, (I’m a Winner is a bit too squeaky for these ears) this record has nevertheless a great pop sensibility even if the lyrics sometimes get a bit too high gloss for my personal liking. Still, that aside, the music is accessible and confident enough not have the girls’ personality wrung from it. Chains is a truly great opening track and the record as a whole has more in common with the daft side of Anat Ben David or the pop side of Neneh Cherry, which, I hope you will agree, is no bad thing.
I like the naff aspect of it too, just like its title, the track Let’s Get Friendly is gawky and has no sense of social grace. And Lies is spat out with a venom in the way only teenagers can, it’s great fun. You could make a lot out this set of songs, however daft they have potential to be something more than the sum of their parts: indeed, title track Happiness v Sadness could be a Soft Cell number (I’m sure Marc Almond could make this a hysterical tour de force, once he’d brushed up some of the lyrics that is).
I also like the fact that this isn’t a record that isn’t polished. I bet the temptation to fill out pop fun like Hey Watcha Say, Sink in the Dirt or Lady and the Flies with all manner of sonic gadgetry was a big one. I’m really glad that there’s room in these tracks, it’s confident and sassy music.
So, a fine pop record then and it deserves to be listened to.