Peace - 'Happy People'

8/10

After Peace released their stunning debut album 'In Love' back in 2013, the Birmingham four-piece have been the darlings of the underground British indie scene. With a varied and competent sound, the band's genre has been impossible to pin down and has given them an eclectic repertoire of music to start their career. Thankfully that same attitude to songwriting has carried on into their second full-length, but in what direction have they sent this new release in?

While 'Happy People' likes to blur the lines between pop-rock and indie music throughout each of the tracks, this new record is definitely a solid evolution of the band's already forward-thinking sound. Despite their debut producing a great benchmark of fantastic songwriting with a diverse approach, this new album has far more memorable material on it and makes for a collection of songs you find it difficult to leave your head long after you've finished listening.

The difficult second album may be a daunting prospect for a lot of bands, but this new release has seen Peace take on the challenge with gusto and produce a record of near equal quality to their first. A fantastic achievement that should definitely become the bulk of their live set-lists for years to come.

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