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Album Review: You Might Be Right by Happy Accidents

London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents release their debut album You Might Be Right via Alcopop! Records on 1st July. It’s got a simmering summer feel, sugar coated choruses and a punk energy that make it the perfect seasonal record.

Formed by brothers Rich and Neil Mandell and Phoebe Cross back in 2014, they draw influences from The Thermals and The Pixies as well as their peers in the UK’s thriving DIY scene. Lyrically you can feel the influence of their contemporaries, introspective and searching for a place in society is the order of the day. Overall there’s a similar energy to Great Cynics and Shit Present albeit with a heavy dose of indie, you could be forgiven for hearing a touch of The Kooks.

On one hand You Might Be Right is an enjoyable and inoffensive album with some delectable singles. Conversely it’s also pretty unremarkable. It threatens to deliver something memorable but ends up relying too heavily on the indie side of things and being blurred amongst the vast amount of indie-punk already out there.

Lead single ‘Running’ and ‘Leaving Parties Early’ are the standout moments of the album. At these points you get a glimpse of the genuine quality at the heart of Happy Accidents. The latter is a perfect blend of infectious hooks and indie swagger, while the latter his heavy on the Pixies influences but with a modern twist. The rest of You Might Be Right pretty much merges together without grabbing your attention.

If you heard Happy Accidents on the radio you wouldn’t turn it over, you’d think ‘Hmmm, this is alright’ and that’s as positive as you can get. The majority of tracks come in shy of 3 minutes and leave no lasting impression. It isn’t an album you revisit; rather you’ll dip in and out at different points, listen to a track or two and move on. Take  ‘Facts and Figures’ or ‘Sorry I’m Late’ out as singles and you’ll find them to be enjoyable tracks, listened to as part of the album and they’ll be buried in the similar indie tones.

You Might Be Right doesn’t feel like an album, more like a hastily compiled playlist. It doesn’t flow or fit together. There’s potential for 4 or 5 singles here, they just doesn’t work particularly well side by side. By no means a bad album, take it in small doses.

AD Rating 5.75/10

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