Album: Miike Snow, Happy To You (Columbia)

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The Independent Culture

On their second album, this Swedish-American synth trio are edging towards AOE: Adult-Oriented Electropop.

Happy To You (sic) applies Nineties rave noises to Seventies song structures, or vice versa, to often-satisfying effect. It's nothing you haven't heard before: "Vase", for example, has heavy echoes of The Kinks' "Days". Nevertheless, it does just enough to bring "happy" to you, and you've gotta love the black humour of any band who'd call a song "God Help This Divorce". SP