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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
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1. Rain
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2. I Don't Need Love
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3. Shadows
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4. Deliciously Evil
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5. Gently
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6. Vengeance
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7. Dark Blue Orange
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8. Never Say
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11. Virgin Suicide
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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



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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....

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.

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.