Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Song of the Day - Goldfrapp: "Happiness"

  Since Spring is finally upon us (at least here in Los Angeles), I feel the time is right to post a song that conjures up images of sunshine and happiness. And since I finally picked up Seventh Tree, the latest album from English duo Goldfrapp, I wasn't short on songs that match the Spring feeling I am looking for.

Appropriately titled "Happiness", this song is exactly the kind of thing I want to hear as I drive down the coast on a gorgeous weekend, or walk along Griffith Park with my dog as the sun shines off the grass. At first glance it may sound like a trite love-makes-you-happy little ditty ("Time stops still/when you've lost love"), but "Happiness" is actually an ode to philanthropy ("give us all your money/we'll make it better/we're here to welcome you") and its fulfilling qualities. Musically, it's a pretty simple formula; a toe-tapping beat, some brightly colored poppy synth hooks and a catchy chorus ("Happiness/How'd you get to be happiness/How'd you get to find love/Real love"). It's indie-pop with electronic flavoring. It aint rocket science, but it's something that Goldfrapp manages to pull off rather prolifically. For the rest of the season you can bet music like this will find a home on my iPod in heavy rotation.

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