When last I checked in with my buddy Tom Slatter, he was having problems with alien creatures and other oddities on “Fit the Fourth.” It was a confusing album for a basic American idiot such as myself. But undaunted by lack of understanding of it all, I know talent when I hear it and Tom is a talented bloke.
So now, Tom is back with “Happy People” which is take on a SLIGHTLY more straight forward approach. Well okay this is straight forward for Tom. The title track sounds like the intelligent alternative to “Shiny Happy People.” It’s certain a pop tune but not the stupid, vapid drivel that’s on the radio or ever was. It’s really great track with a killer hook. And the more you hear this song, the more you want to hear it again.
“Name in a File” combines tunefulness with the odd slant that Tom is known for and good at. It makes for a great one-two punch to start the album out. “Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said” reminds me a little of Tim Bowness for some reason. Given that I love what Bowness has been up to, that’s a good thing. “Even Then We’re Scared” feels like the quirky Tom Slatter that I have come to know and fear.
“Fire Flower Heart” has a sweet beauty to it. This is another winner of a track. But don’t get too cozy because Tom cannot resist being left of center and at times way left of center. “Tracking Signals” is the proof. While the album doesn’t have a full on epic track, the closing song “All of the Dark” is as close to an epic that “Happy People” has to offer. It’s a great end to a very good album.
So Tom clearly decided not to confuse me nearly as much on this outing. “Happy People” is a very enjoyable album from a guy who clearly loves making music. I assume that he will go sailing off the deep end the next go round. Until then, I am fine with these happy songs.
- Happy People
- Name On A File
- Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said
- Even Then We’re Scared
- Fire Flower Heart
- Tracking Signals
- Set Light To The Sky
- All Of The Dark
Label: Bad Elephant Music