1996
Label: Go! Discs - 828 696-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock
Download The Genius I Was - The Trash Can Sinatras - A Happy Pocket

After the glorious pop masterpieces that were the Trash Can Sinatras' first two albums, A Happy Pocket is a bit of a letdown. Murky production, strange vocal effects that obscure Francis Reader's delicate voice, and an over-reliance on mandolin overdubs make for a generally less than engaging listen.

One gets the sense that the album was only half complete upon its release. Indeed, a rotating bevy of mixers and engineers are credited with various batches of the songs. At least one-third of the album comes across like a collection of fleshless demos. Particularly stale is the amateurish cover of You Are Everything - various - Tasty New Releases Sir With Love" that sounds as if it was recorded underwater with Reader half-asleep.

A Happy Pocket is certainly more subdued than the band's earlier albums, but that's not what makes it disappointing. It's as if the band took a step backward, stripped down their trademark jangling guitars, and decided to rely on studio polish The Genius I Was - The Trash Can Sinatras - A Happy Pocket place of their usually stellar hooks. Had it not been for the stunning musicianship and energy of the previous albums, A Happy Pocket would probably be more enjoyable.

But outside of the occasional gems, as stellar as they are, A Happy Pocket lags far behind the band's earlier output due to poor sequencing, some sloppy production choices, and a lack of editing prowess. Had Heima - Skálmöld - Baldur album been edited down to five or six songs, it would have made a fine mini-album.

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