Happiest Man Alive
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||Love Is Space & Time||Stephen Cummings||3:38||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Sick Comedian||Stephen Cummings||3:18||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||You Know It All By Heart||Stephen Cummings||4:28||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Raymond Chandler & Edward Hopper||Stephen Cummings||4:25||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||This Song Can Save You||Stephen Cummings||3:26||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Straight to My Arms||Stephen Cummings||5:05||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||The Ballad of Henry Miller||Stephen Cummings||4:08||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||What a Joy It Is to Dance & Sing||Stephen Cummings||4:20||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Don't You Ever Listen to Me||Stephen Cummings||3:39||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Oh to Be Loved||Stephen Cummings||4:36||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Lowlights and Trick Mirrors||Stephen Cummings||3:34||$1.69||View in iTunes|
Happiest Man Alive
The juxtaposition of effusive title and overcast cover provides a sardonic entree to Stephen Cummings' umpteenth album. The juxtaposition of effusive title and overcast cover provides a sardonic entree to Stephen Cummings' umpteenth album of acoustic philosophising but the keynote feels more like sanguine acceptance than sarcasm. "Like it or not, this is the world that we live in," he sings on the way to the mellow chorus mantra that Love is Space and Time. It's a world of spooky swings and bumpy roundabouts; fond notes to fallen heroes (Raymond Chandler, Edward Hopper, Henry Miller) and only the occasional grumpy outburst at the TV. Sure, Sick Comedian, a howl of indignation at declining standards of politics, media and economic integrity, is one of the album's most potent and lingering tracks - and he's only warming up for the bilious snarl of You Know It All By Heart. But Straight to Your Arms is one of the most vulnerable and contented of his career and the meditative clarity of This Song Can Save You and What A Joy It Is to Dance and Sing is without apparent irony. "Am I thinking a little too much?" he wonders on the haunting penultimate track. On balance, it's probably just the right amount.
Years Active: '80s, '90s