State4 | Less Than Happy

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Garbage Moby Republica

Album Links
STATE4 Tradebit Audio Lunchbox MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes Bitmunk BuyMusic GroupieTunes PassAlong

More Artists From
United States - Minnesota

Other Genres You Will Love
Electronic: Pop Crossover Electronic: Electronica Moods: Mood: Brooding
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

$5 SALE

Choose 3 or more different CDs from our Sale Bin and get each CD for just $5. Each CD will be listed at full price until you place at least 3 different eligible CDs into your shopping cart. You can get 3 or more CDs for $5 each, so sample as much new music as you want!
NOTE: Download purchases are not eligible for the $5 sale.

Find more eligible titles here.

Less Than Happy

by State4

Stands somewhere near the sonic intersection of electronica and rock; female vocals, heavy beats, guitars, and synths all wrapped up in a cozy blanket of catchy songwriting.
Genre: Electronic: Pop Crossover
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. Rain
STATE4
4:05 $0.99
clip
2. I Don't Need Love
STATE4
4:12 $0.99
clip
3. Shadows
STATE4
5:26 $0.99
clip
4. Deliciously Evil
STATE4
5:35 $0.99
clip
5. Gently
STATE4
4:42 $0.99
clip
6. Vengeance
STATE4
4:46 $0.99
clip
7. Dark Blue Orange
STATE4
4:35 $0.99
clip
8. Never Say
STATE4
7:04 $0.99
clip
9. Duality
STATE4
4:25 $0.99
clip
10. Ultimate Sorrow
STATE4
5:16 $0.99
clip
11. Virgin Suicide
STATE4
4:43 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Less Than Happy, the second major release by STATE4, is a first for the band -- not a single instrumental song in sight. Laura Hillman's powerful yet sweet voice has taken over STATE4's sound, refined it, and brought it to another level. Built around the diva's voice are a collection of songs that range from dangerously up-tempo and catchy to distant and emotional to grinding and sexual. Co-produced by Nick Mitchell and Andy Davies, Less Than Happy represents the peak of STATE4's music and sound.

The Minneapolis trio draws from a mixed bag of musical influences. From trip-hop to instrumental, to rock to pop, from electronica to industrial, STATE4's refreshing "new" sound borrows from several genres, yet adheres to none. The end result: a sonic blend of electronica and rock presented with a trip hop vibe. Brought together with a distinct style and an eye to strong and "approachable" songwriting, the band's diverse music is enjoyed by an equally diverse audience. Not merely limited to the studio, the members of STATE4 also pride themselves on their high-energy stage performance, breathing life and passion into their music.

The first true realization of STATE4 came in early 1997 , when Nick recorded and released the first EP, Retrospect. Mid-1999 brought about the peak of the STATE4 instrumental style with the release of the self-titled full-length album STATE4, which consolidated a number of previous works mixed with originals onto a single disc. This ended STATE4's solo era and in 2000 released it's first vocal CD "Issues in Monochrome". The years passed, drummers and singers exchanged. And after 5 years, STATE4 is finally left with the latest and definitely best line-up:

Laura Hillman: Vocals
Nick Mitchell: Guitar/Keys
Andy Davies: Keys/Backing Vocals

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review

Tom Laskin, Isthmus, Madison WI


...Despite the admixture of house and four-on-the-floor techno beats, the group's second proper CD is squarely in the retro-'80s camp, with Hillman often playing a more animated Natalie Merchant and the band itself giving a lot of respect to pioneering mid-tempo synth acts like Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Human League. The kickoff anthem, "Rain," even has a hint of Pat Benatar in it....
Read more...

Kathryn Ann

Absolutely brilliant. A breath of fresh air in the music industry.
'Less Than Happy' is perfect music for driving, napping, hanging and partying. This CD is a must-have in any music collection.
Read more...

Erin Hayes, Boston, MA

deepest medleys
The CD is full of depth. Laura's voice is sweet yet mellow and the lyrics are fantastic. Highly recommended.
Read more...