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Happy Hour
Clive Gregson
Happy Hour
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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The title might be a bit misleading, and Clive Gregson admits it: "It's not happy, and it doesn't last an hour." Enough about what it isn't. What it is is a collection of 13 reflective, often wistful, occasionally melancho...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Clive Gregson
Title: Happy Hour
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 1
Label: Compass Records
Original Release Date: 3/23/1999
Release Date: 3/23/1999
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766397426624

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The title might be a bit misleading, and Clive Gregson admits it: "It's not happy, and it doesn't last an hour." Enough about what it isn't. What it is is a collection of 13 reflective, often wistful, occasionally melancholic, but invariably beautiful songs. The arrangements are sparse, and Gregson handles all instrumentation and vocals. The acoustic "I Get What I Deserve," with its tone of quiet resignation ("I ask myself, 'How much can one man suffer?' I tell myself, 'I get what I deserve'"), sets the tone for much of what follows. Originally recorded as demos, Gregson's performances have a nice, intimate quality that perfectly suits the material. There is the occasional misstep here. "True Beauty" is unable to avoid its inevitable cliché ("True beauty's not skin deep"). But more often than not, Gregson's imagery is arresting (especially on "Come Home Soon"), personal, and emotionally satisfying. --Percy Keegan

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Good songs from a great Tunesmith
11/08/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)

"With such a prolific output then not everything produced is a gem and so this is the case with "Happy Hour". Clive's written, played and produced all the compositions and as he feely admits they started out as a demo. That sparse accompaniment is too thin at times despite his expert guitar playing and the odd church bell! Well worth the investment but not my favourite."