Wacky Japanese pop-punksters are back with their most straight-ahead pop album ever—and they’ve learned how to play their instruments too. Happy Hour is rolicking frolick through bubblegum pop culture—all perfect pop melodies, shiny choruses, and songs about cookies, hot chocolate, sushi, and banana chips. What other band could get away with that? It’s only fitting that the record concludes with a rowdy version of Monkee’s classic “Daydream Believer.” Give it a shot, this record is one helluva guilty pleasure.
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