Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Jagged compositions packing a powerful punch
Gregory Kampf | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | 12/18/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard Happy Family on a Cuneiform Records sampler disc that came with Issue No. 34 of Progression Magazine. As a Westerner, when my attention is turned toward Japan, my senses have been lightly kneaded by visions of remote Shinto shrines. They have also been assaulted by all-out neon frenzies of urban activity. Happy Family's compositions visit both extremes, the pleasant and the exhuberant, and meld them into one happy fusion of jaggedly-edged peaks and lush valleys visited occasionally by a peaceful stream gliding serenely past. In other words, the disc could be said to exhibit an almost manic-depressive quality about it, if that's possible. The compositions can plod quickly along over massive speed bumps; they can also slow down to take in the scenery. The production and sound quality are great, the performance is raw and inspired. The musicians attack each piece as an obstacle course through which to navigate which is great fun for the listener. 'He is Coming at Tokyo Station' and 'Overdrive Locomotive' give one the sense of forward motion, while the opening and closing tracks slow things down for contemplation. Toscco is an album that sets off on a bumpy, colourful journey and arrives safely in one piece. Recommended."