The Cincinnati band Wussy's self-titled third album is a song cycle about a fictional couple, written by a real one: Lisa Walker and Chuck Cleaver, who don't likely suffer the same troubles as their counterparts. On Wussy, the two take snapshots of infidelity, seething anger and other problems, replete with everyday details and rough-hewn melodies that are catchier than they initially appear. It's one of the best indie-rock albums of the year.
- Song: "Happiness Bleeds"
- Artist: Wussy
- CD: Wussy
- Genre: Rock
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In "Happiness Bleeds," Wussy's unconventional music features a healthy dose of Middle American weirdness.
In "Happiness Bleeds," Wussy's unconventional music features a healthy dose of Middle American weirdness. courtesy of the artist
In the standout "Happiness Bleeds," Cleaver warbles over a thin sheet of guitar fuzz, sounding like a spooked Neil Young as he sets the song's opening scene: "I remember puking down the side of a car / the cost of drinking liquor from the mouth of a jar." This man is not doing well, but at least he's thinking about the big picture. After puking, he goes hunting for "a bag of mildewy porn" and pauses to consider the meaning of life.
Then the killer chorus kicks in, with Cleaver spitting the song title while dropping his register, as if he were impersonating a mescaline-addled Elvis. Along the way, Walker joins him for some buoyant "la la las" and "baby-I-love-yous." If this is happiness, it's not a conventional portrait. But this one features both a signature sound and a healthy dose of Middle American weirdness, so it'll do.
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