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The Aluminum Group - Happyness

Every bit as sleek and shiny as their name suggests, Frank and John Navin delight in upending the conventions of Bacharachian perfect-pop with mischievous wit and panache. "We're not reinventing the wheel, we're redesigning the hubcap!" they once proclaimed. Guest design team members this time round include Rob Mazurek (Chicago Underground Duo), John McEntire and Doug McCombs (both from post-rock progenitors Tortoise). Exquisite.

Rating: 4 / 10


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