Meg and Dia
Happysad


4.5
superb

Review

by leviegalapon USER (6 Reviews)
August 19th, 2019 | 11 replies


Release Date: 07/26/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I wish I knew just what you need

I was at the last Warped Tour down in Mountain View, CA. I checked out the lineup and I was surprised to see Meg And Dia on it. I was like, "they're still playing music", It'd be cool to check out their set and relive the good ol' days with songs like Monster, Roses, etc.

When I got to their set there was a huge crowd eagerly waiting for the Frampton sisters, when they showed up and they played Indiana I was hooked and remembered how amazing of performers Meg And Dia are, so talented the two of them. The show was amazing with the crowd singing along and holding up their CDs. The setlist also consisted of all fan favorites.

That's why a few days after I was surprised when Pure Noise Records sends me an email saying that Meg And Dia dropped a new album, happysad. Not only that, when I checked out happysad, it was not only musically different from their past material, happysad is Meg And Dia's best album so far.

Something Real, Our Home Is Gone, etc. are all amazing albums but only with killer songs here and there. However, happysad feels like a cohesive whole with all killer and no filler.

We all know that Meg And Dia have the the pop formula down and always mixed it with indie rock, folk, and even country. For example we all know that songs like Indiana and Monster had fairly aggressive indie rock elements and Love Is and I Will have Folk/Country influences.

On happysad Meg and Dia play to their strong suit and drop all the aggressive elements and amp up the pop and synths for an incredibly bubbly and catchy indie pop album. Songs like Koala and American Spirit are hardcore earworms and I remember humming and singing "will I lie to you?", from Koala, in public many times. Throughout happysad the drums and distorted guitars have been replaced with synths and clean electric guitar.

The greatest song and gift to long time fans would be the final song Dear Heart. On Dear Heart Meg and Dia smartly concludes the album with an acoustic song that harkens back to their older material. Meg plucking along on the guitar and Dia singing lovingly as always.

Meg And Dia really surprised me with Happysad, during their show they didn't promote this album or play any of these songs. After their set they spent a very long time greeting fans at their merch table, after that experience and listening to happysad I definitely got the feeling that Meg And Dia truly care about their fans and are incredibly diligent in their musical endeavors and I really do hope to hear more from them in the future.



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Hellscythe
August 19th 2019


4399 Comments


is this like alternate universe Tegan and Sara

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Storm In A Teacup
August 19th 2019


27062 Comments


i like the new single. i think i liked some of their other songs in the past

Get Low
August 19th 2019


7347 Comments


Thought this duo was done for good. I've always liked Something Real. I'll probably check this.

dmathias52
August 19th 2019


1121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of the pop albums of the year, if not the pop album of the year. Still trying to decide on a 4 or 4.5

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ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2019


3639 Comments


Monster remixes on battlefield 3 montages is a mood

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2019


14771 Comments


dont know why all these sentences are so spaced apart, could you not combine them into some paragraphs?

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Get Low
August 20th 2019


7347 Comments


They are paragraphs. Or was that a joke?

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2019


14771 Comments


no i just didnt read this properly


Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 20th 2019


14771 Comments


still, they could be combined and it would look a lot better

Divaman
January 5th 2020


4752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know how I missed this review when it came out. I just found this album, and I really like it. Didn't even know Meg was playing again.

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leviegalapon
February 4th 2020


79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's all good, this was a surprise release. Actually just in case anyone is wondering, they recently re-released this album with a new song and a few acoustics



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