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Albums in the Attic: Beat Happening

October 27, 2011
By MICHAEL MANEVAL ( , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

Olympia, Wash., band the Beat Happening released its third album in 1989 on the label frontman Calvin Johnson founded, K Records. The advantages of the do-it-yourself ethos are apparent on "Black Candy" and in how the band used the imperfections of low-budget record to create an intimacy. More importantly, the band's eschewing of building and slacking to powerful climaxes in favor of a sound that's even and consistent allows their endearing hooks to really shine.



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