Review: The Pursuit of Happiness – ICON (Universal Music Canada)

When they hit the Muchmusic airwaves in the late 80’s, The Pursuit of Happiness was truly a breath of fresh air. Boasting quirky, clever lyrics, fantastic boy-girl harmonies and a guitar-driven power-pop sound, the group was cool enough that hard rock and pop fans alike appreciated them.

Now, almost 30 years since their debut effort first hit store shelves, their songs sound as fresh and essential as ever. This 12-song retrospective spans the group’s entire discography, capturing four songs – “I’m An Adult Now,” “She’s So Young,” “Killed By Love,” and “Hard To Laugh” – from Love Junk, their 1988 debut effort, while 1990’s One Sided Story is faithfully represented by hit singles “Two Girls In One,” “New Language,” and “Food.” The balance of the tracks are taken from the band’s last three studio efforts, the most recent of which is 1996’s The Wonderful World Of The Pursuit of Happiness.

Whether you’re looking to rekindle your love affair with TPOH, or you’re discovering the group for the first time, this compilation is a worthwhile addition to any collection. The Pursuit of Happiness proved Canucks could not only play with the big boys, we could be counted upon to lead the charge as well.