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Happy Secret

by The Lucksmiths

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Untidy Towns 02:56
Pin Cushion 02:52
Abdication! 03:08
Southernmost 02:37
Beer Nut 02:51
Paper Planes 01:55


"Modestly subtitled ‘A Bunch Of Songs From 1998’, Happy Secret is precisely the witty, wonderful release that fans of this Melbourne three-piece have come to expect. From the smooth skip of Untidy Towns to the lazy lope of Abdication!, each mellow moment, each quirky chorus is clean and catchy.

And unassuming: no more than acoustic guitar, gentle bass and snare drum, occasionally blended with clarinet, whistling or backing vocals. The way the Violent Femmes might have sounded if they’d been melancholy instead of angry. And if they’d been Australian, because these laid-back sounds - especially the laconic lyrics - are distinctly Melburnian. “Nice work, if you can forget it,” sings Tali White on the deliciously-titled Edward, Sandwich Hand. “There must be more to life than cutting corners with a butter knife.” Indeed there is: Happy Secret proves it.

There’s no hype or artifice here, simply a genuine, irrepressible talent, as Europe and the US discovered on The Lucksmith’s outrageously successful world tour of last year. If you thought grunge killed melody, have a listen. Then just try to resist.

(4 out of 5 stars)" Sacha Molitorisz, Sydney Morning Herald


released March 1, 1999


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The Lucksmiths Melbourne, Australia


Marty Donald: guitar
Mark Monnone: bass
Louis Richter: guitar
Tali White: vocals, drums

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