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Many Worlds Are Born Tonight

by Happy Rhodes

Non-mainstream, electronic/acoustic other-worldly songs with multi-layered vocals.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Happy Rhodes magically combines the lush, ethereal lightness of Kate Bush with the eerie rock and roll edge of David Bowie."

--Queenie, GUITARLAB MAGAZINE
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Many Worlds Are Born Tonight is the crowning masterpiece album from enigmatic songwriter Happy Rhodes. Rhodes, who lives a simple, quiet life in rural upstate New York with her husband, is one of the greatest secret gems ever to grace the musical world.

Her perfect four-octave range voice will capture you with its immediate brilliance and carry you away with its seductive depths. No other singer, regardless of genre, can compete with Rhode's sultry lows, which bring to mind Annie Lennox and David Bowie. Her angelic high range is tinged with the essence of Kate Bush, strangely operatic, infinitely gorgeous.

It is almost impossible to listen to Happy Rhodes's music and resist becoming one of her underground legion of fans, who are known affectionately as Ectophiles. Named after Happy's fourth album, the Ecto mailing list began in 1991 (as an offshoot of a Kate Bush Internet newsgroup) following Happy's music and expanded to encompass music with female vocals, intelligent songwriting, and innovative sounds.

Happy's music, the leader of the Ecto music trend, has created a diverse independent listener base around the world.

Rhodes is a storyteller, creating captivating environments in each song. Travel the musical journey of Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, and join the independent revolution.

-- Kim Steele

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PULSE! (John Diliberto), August 1998 -- Happy Rhodes is an upstate New York singer-songwriter and vocal chameleon who has been working an extraordinary magic for years on 10 self-produced albums. She draws immediate comparisons to Kate Bush: Her voice leaps to the same precarious highs, but she also touches deeper, seductive lows. At times her voice is knowing, poignant and serene, ascending into choirs, then whispering huskily into your ear that “Everything I do is madness.” Rhodes has always delved into dark, interior states of mind, often arising out of a troubled childhood. Orchestrating a textured electronica landscape, she makes inquiries into God, existence and on “100 Years” computer games. Swampy, distorted percussion, searing e-bow guitars and looping melodies populate the interior rooms of a wired world, in which Happy Rhodes is a cyber-troubadour, keeping watch on our souls. (4 * out of 5) -- John Diliberto

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HEARTBEATS CATALOG -- Happy Rhodes fans were possibly a bit put-off by the dense electronic textures and bleak lyrics, but if so, they missed out on her best work in years, perhaps ever. Her song topics have never been cheery, and she's never been a simple guitar-strumming minstrel either. The synthesizers are perfectly appropriate to the futuristic subject matter, and because she has loved electronic music since she was a child, they feel natural and authentic to her sound. On top of these dense soundscapes, Happy piles layers of her prodigious vocals, ranging from lovely high ornaments to those warm lows that no one else on the planet can produce. "Ra is a Busy God" updates an instrumental that appeared on an Aural Gratification compilation a couple of years ago, and the vocals actually improve what had been one of my favorites from those collections. "100 Years" proves that Happy really does understand the cyborg mind. "The Chariot" is a little closer to her other work, sad and beautiful all at once. And "Serenading Genius" is the catchiest pop tune you will never hear on the radio. The sound of the CD may not be as immediately inviting as some of her previous recordings, but if you give it a chance, the tunes will get under your skin. Of course, then they will probably organize, make their way to your brain and implant some scary mechanism that no one understands. It's OK, it's worth it. Resistance is futile. Get Happy and tell everyone you know they can, too. (1998)

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ALBUM NETWORK, July 3, 1998 -- Upstate New York’s best kept secret, Happy Rhodes, is about to take a giant leap in awareness. Long considered by those who know her as one of the most original & creative artists on the scene today, her newest effort, Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, is destined to spread the word on her own terms. Rhodes’ previous albums have amply displayed her amazing vocal range & penchant for writing songs that create distinct moods, but Many Worlds... represents new areas of expression for Rhodes, especially in the areas of arrangement & production; the songs on the disc are enlightened & cutting edge. A common thread runs through the album, dealing with that which is spiritual & imaginative.

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CMJ NEW MUSIC REPORT, August 10, 1998 -- Although this is Rhodes’ first nationally-distributed album, Many Worlds Are Born Tonight is the ninth [tenth, actually] full-length release by this chanteuse with the amazing four-octave range. Sounding a bit like Kate Bush in her high end, but with an equally full low range to match, Ms. Rhodes’ compositions are atmospheric, electronic delights.

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FRIDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK, June 26, 1998 -- Set for retail release on August 11, Happy Rhodes’ debut release for Samson Music, Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, is her first musical outing since 1995’s The Keep. Rhodes, a multi-instrumentalist & seasoned studio engineer, has been recording her own compositions since the mid-’80s & has amassed a loyal following of fans dedicated to her ethereal sound (imagine a mixture of Kate Bush, Enya & Loreena McKennitt). Look for her tour (beginning in August) with a six-piece band, where she has stated, she will play Many Worlds Are Born Tonight in its entirety.

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DOOM MAGAZINE -- I was recently introduced to Happy Rhodes by the Diva a while ago, and I am incredibly impressed. This eccentric, thoughtful, and highly talented artist has been making music since the mid -80's, and is still going strong today.

Very left of center and highly intelligent, Happy Rhodes is a musician whose work is hard to define, hard to describe, and hard to not love.

Originality- 10 out of 10
If any person on Earth is unique, it's Happy Rhodes- she's a woman so original that she not only cannot be classified by any conventional standards, but she creates her own stand-alone genre, referred to by fans as "ectophilic". She's a one of a kind woman with a one of a kind style.

Composition- 10 out of 10
An incredible and thought provoking piece of art- each track is highly metaphorical and pleasing to hear. From the beautiful 'Ra is a Busy God', to the despairing but fascinating 'Looking over Cliffs', Happy Rhodes knows how to work emotions like a musical instrument, and vice versa. It's amazing that she has had no formal musical training, and after hearing this, you won't believe it, either.

Musicality- 10 out of 10
Not surprisingly, Happy has a very unique voice and an incredible range. One moment she'll be crooning in her soothing, low voice, and then suddenly leap to a sharp and melodic soprano without warning. Anyone who is capable of sounding like two different people at once without the aid of witchcraft is a diva in my book.

Overall- 10 out of 10
What can I say, it's a gorgeous album. A work of art for art's sake. If you find yourself frustrated with the world around you, get ahold of this CD, dim your lights and press play- Auntie Happy will make it all better!

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TERRA INCOGNITA, Summer 1998 -- When I received my copy of Happy Rhodes’ new CD, Many Worlds Are Born Tonight, I was hopping in my car to take a short trek. What perfect timing, I thought. Listening to this new, long-awaited CD would be the perfect thing to take my mind off something as loathsome & boring as driving down I-87. Why, I would pop it in & all would be Zen. So, what made me think this album would sound good in my car? Ya know...the back speakers are hanging out of the holes, &, of course, the front speakers are so shot that if I heard one note through them, I’d have to throw myself under the tires. I fiddled with the knobs to make the music sound a little more appealing than a galloping cat’s toenails on a wooden floor, hit “play” & set out for a trip into the cosmos.

My brain was booted out of my skull immediately. The more I listened, the more befuddled I became. What was this? My ears were assaulted by a cornucopia of sounds, textures & rhythms that were completely unexpected & far too incomprehensible for my brain in that car with those speakers of death. There was stuff buried under other stuff. And then more stuff. This boggling album was stuffed with stuff, the musical depth nothing short of phenomenal. I decided that listening & driving was a stupid idea & I would have to save this one for the headphones. In the quiet of my home, with my ears enveloped in padded vinyl, Many Worlds was completely ahhhhh, though hardly conceivable with the first listen. There are symphonies upon symphonies going on here. Very busy. Highly electronic. Quite extraordinary. If you think you can take this music in the first time, you are an utter fool--Bose speakers or no. Be like a Boy Scout. Be prepared. Opulence awaits you.

The first sound you hear on the CD is an electronic pseudo-growl, perhaps the simulated grumble of another of Happy’s mind-creatures. “100 Years” is a Sci-Fi adventure that strangely reminded me of Portishead at first (which could only be a good thing). A slow, dragging beat, warped vocals, weird noises & creepy, robotic electronics--including some of David Torn’s textures--set the stage for this story of a clone on a deserted world waiting for someone to return & claim him. And just when you’ve been sucked into his pathetic world by Happy’s sweet, yet emotionless, girlish soprano, a crystalline operatic vocal lunges in & speaks the grief he cannot feel. And you thought you’d heard all of Happy’s voices...this one is shocking. Gives me chills. It’s no wonder KCRW in Santa Monica picked this one up right away. This song is the embodiment of unfulfilled expectation, of longing without resolution. Maybe in 100 years I’ll get over the initial shock of it.

Happy wouldn’t dare give you a clue in the popping electronic percussion that opens the title track, but as soon as those 12,000 vocal layers of “ah--ee--ah” begin, you know what’s going on. Those of you who have heard Happy live in the past few years might exclaim, “Hey, wait a cotton-pickin’ minute...this is “Jork!” Yup. It is. Only this is the souped-up, walloping techno version. Get ready for those layers to blanket your psyche. In the liner notes, Happy says, “Rarefaction’s a poke in the ear with a sharp stick...voice.” She ain’t kiddin’. This song is where Sybil resides. And there’s that growling thingy again.

“The Chariot” features those groovin’ Bartlett bongos that we love & is a bittersweet piece featuring brawny vocals for the verses & wistful soprano for the chorus. (Funny, but this masterful, mixed-up maestro begins more than half of her new songs with the chorus). She promises she’ll be sweet in this song, & she certainly is darling. And as a special treat, this is the only song--to the best of my knowledge--ever recorded that features a linguini grill. You’ll get a little acoustic guitar here, too, & some meditative chimes at the end. (Get ready for a special treat when you see this one live). The chimes lead into...

“Ra is a Busy God.” Yes, this is the same song from Aural Gratification Volume I, but with a few musical changes &, finally, vocals. A children’s choir is--you guessed it--the Happy Rhodes kiddie chorus. This tune was always one of my favorite Rhodes melodies, & she once told me she would write lyrics for it. Naturally, I wondered what they would be. And now that they have emerged as innocent-child-dancing-in-nature references, to listen is levity. As a true leaf zealot, this one is an instant winner for me. Next?

There are reverberations in “If Wishes Were Horses, How Beggars Would Ride” that mimic breathing, or the chug of a steam engine, or, perhaps, horses hooves. Nonetheless, this song radiates motion & is a textured, melancholy beauty. And remember when Peter Frampton used to sing that distorted “Do you feel like we do?” into that weird tube thingy? I think she called him up & borrowed it. The notion that she can combine all these various layers of slow, circular, pulsing electronics & unearthly noises, & still come up with a poignant song that rips your guts out suggests, to me, that there is a marvel among us.

Okay, here we go. It’s the first single from the album. It’s “Roy (Back From the Offworld)!” Get out your funkiest dancing shoes, cause this is a clubby. I can almost feel the strobe lights & see the drunken, burly bar devils eyeing me, wondering what kind of chick/broad/hunk-o’-meat I am. Regardless, this tune will catch you & carry you away immediately, kind of like those Wizard of Oz monkeys. The album version is slightly more mellow than the radio single, which has a steady beat throughout. Here again, intriguing backing vocals from Happy--I have no idea what she’s saying (but I’m sure I will at some point, because someone will want to know & I’ll have to ask). Also, a gorgeous violin solo from classical musician Rob Taylor adds a little angst to this story of the dude from--surprise!--Blade Runner. She’s opening doors to pop radio here. But hey, fine with me. Even people listening to Madonna need to transcend sometime.

“Tragic” begins suspensefully, & features some carnival-esque keyboards at the onset. This is a ballad of boys (see Happy’s interpretation later on) & features drums & percussion by one prestigious boy, Jerry Marotta. The keyboards in the bridge of this song are what really do it for me. They’re simple & clean, & lead into a majestic classical choir that stirs the blood. Nope, it isn’t a Happy choir this time. Shocker.

Like a friend of mine said after hearing the opening strains of “Proof”: “Wow, this sounds like the Butthole Surfers!” Not being too huge a Butthole fan, I can’t say yea or nay to that, but it’s pretty heavy stuff for Rhodes. And cool, cool, cool. A welcome feel to the myriad other Happy feels. Get ready to rock with Kelly Bird, Carl Adami, Kevin Bartlett & Mitch Elrod. This song slows down at one point, during which Happy empties out the contents of her brain & and melds her thoughts with some of Carl’s coolest bass to date. This song is also full of samples. It’s worth listening to for the sheer joy of hearing Happy’s incensed snarl of “you’re sure to be fine.”

“Looking Over Cliffs” is one for fans of the song “Warpaint.” A heavy Native American feel embodies this work both lyrically & musically. She even borrowed some real Native American chanting from a tape she bought from an American Indian on the street, & she decided to “cut out its heart & set it free.” A background Happy echoes the lyrics of the foreground one, as if to reiterate the tribulation in one culture’s extinction. In this song, she exercises her primary instrument--voice--by whooping a war cry, belting out some gravely vocals, & exhibiting vocal gymnastics that listeners will be pleased with. Some nice keyboards & haunting chants end this one.

“Winter” is one of the most masterfully luscious Happy Rhodes songs I’ve heard, with loopy, ambient electronics & an exquisite voice singing of sorrow. It has that sensuous “Summer” feel, but even more textured & somber. She explores her upper range fully here, soaring like a bird & pecking at ultra high notes (which are sure to rear the heads of additional Kate references). Unexpectedly, the song morphs into a series of tribal grunts & ugghs which are washed over by high, lilting vox, then the song returns again to sombience. The music seems to be tugging her, both artistically & emotionally, in opposite directions. It’s juxtaposed joy.

The final song of the album,“Serenading Genius,” is an epic. It follows in the footsteps of “Glory” with an eruption of feel-good, sure to be a favorite among listeners. She sings this from the heart. It’s more uplifting than Anne of Green Gables. A simple piano melody welcomes in a swelling chorus of Happies, singing of potential & a offering a plea to the heavens. She tries to squeeze in a lot here (is this the bridge...or is this the bridge?). It is the culmination of her life’s experiences in one phrase: “Love I have found is in music...Peace swallows me when there’s genius.” I love this song. It is like the overlapping of dreams with no sign of waking.

Let’s talk about this artwork of this CD for just a mo’. As an astronomy fiend, my greatest love is falling into a diamond-filled sky & marveling at distant galaxies. This artwork made me bonkers. The surreal scene on the back cover--Happy strolling through an almost colorless field wearing a bright blue gown, with numerous galaxies looming over the trees--positively summons me into that world & inspires me to reach for the supreme. It reminds me that I am the universe aware of itself. (Dammit, I want to be in that scene.) And here we have the artist on the cover, holding a world she has just created, & there are other worlds scattered throughout the CD booklet. Symbolic? I believe so. Reading the words to the closing track says it all. Happy Rhodes is reaching for her potential, becoming a creator, & striving to exalt herself to the highest of heights through her workmanship.

In my estimation, this is the finest of Happy’s music. As she continues to mature & explore new territory, I can’t help but wonder what she has up her sleeve next. Perhaps this album is far too advanced for the average listener. It certainly isn’t something that can be understood with one listen. But once you’ve soaked it in, you’ll no doubt wonder how you ever lived without this masterpiece. Many Worlds Are Born Tonight is a milestone for both Happy Rhodes & the music world. Way cool beans, Hap. A+" --Sharon Nichols

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KXCI-FM, Jim Foley - Music Director "So, why do I like Happy Rhodes recordings? It isn't simple to disentangle the threads of her phenomenon for analysis, and the attempt may even be a disservice to it (and her), but it is after all what music reviewers do. First, there is Rhodes the person, of whom I remain innocent of knowledge, despite recognition that there is a burgeoning volume of material shared by a committed fandom. Must be the New Critic in me or, as Annie Gallup says, "trust the art, not the artist." There is also the content of her lyrics, the design choices of album packages, both striking and disturbing, suggesting psychological interpretations which I also habitually resist. Finally, there is the surface, what her music sounds like, and here "Many Worlds are Born Tonight" remains true to the techno-muse trajectory set on Rhodes' 1993 release "Equipoise," fortified by dense sampling and a stripped-down, almost meditational lyrical sense reminiscent of Jenifer Smith's 1997 release "Code Mesa."

Start with "100 Years"; after all, it's the first track. The basic production features synthesized techno percussion, dense keyboard sampling augmented by varied sounds of satellites and spheres, the mysterious and ominous mutterings of half-heard voices along crossed telephone lines at midnight, from which rise the manifold manifestations of Rhodes' astonishing vocal range. High, reedy chants, often in tight harmony, offset her rich, resonant narrative voice, nearly a baritone, describing an immortal being, more machine than man, abandoned, bereft of guidance, the prey of inexorable entropy, a startling, disturbing, pathetic conceit.

If the bass line of "Proof" doesn't blow your speakers, the strident depth of Rhodes' vocal on the chorus, backed by harmonies not much higher, will blow your mind (been waitin' since the sixties to write that). The beat is shuffling and insistent, a triumphal entry to an identity crisis interrupted by discordant realization ("I was young, I was free once. Nothing I could ever think to do was wrong, then ..."), or is that the true delusion? This is followed by "Looking Over Cliffs," an intense techno-waltz, humming synth and tinkling, slightly dissonant piano prefiguring the fugue between Rhodes' deep lead vocal, betraying a rare raspy emotionalism, and contrapuntal chorus, shamanistic samplings stressing a mythic if not entirely clear theme, perhaps of a sort of redemption.

This is but a bare introduction to the tracks on "Many Worlds Are Born Tonight." Happy Rhodes' vocal and production tricks, alloyed with the semi-choate ominousness of her lyrics, suggest the soundtrack to a New Age film, but without the flaccidity. Listen loud and let your mind's eye roam. Goof gloriously.

(Disclaimer: I have no financial interest in this artist. Hell, I've never even seen her perform, and don't know her. I am not paid in advance to write reviews, although on rare occasions someone will pay me for use rights after the fact. If this is hype, then ALL speech is hype.)"

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Amazon.com--customer comments:

Craig Gidney -- A Madonna of the Machine -- "Rhodes is a singer-songerwriter multiinstrumentalist with an awesome 5-octave range and powerful story-telling skills. On this CD--her first major label release--she brings to fruition her unique synthesis of electronic music and complex vocal harmonies. “100 Years”, the opener, illustrates her technique perfectly: a tapestry of computerized blips and bleeps form the background for a texturized ambient piece; her voice leaps from a soprano, highly reminiscent of Kate Bush to a deeper register: think Grace Jones or Annie Lennox. The lyrics are written from the point of view of a decaying computer. The song ends with wordless, classical-inflected swoops. The title track begins with a low, humming mantra, with syncopated chirrups, over which her low, sensual range intones a hypnotic melody. Most of the tracks of the album follow in a similar vein: lush, electronic soundscapes are crafted for her awesome instrument, with dark and philosophical lyrics. Her themes are primarily about various aspects of consciousness and the search for self. The percussion ranges from programmed drums, to “real” drums and clanking/clattering sound-effects. Her use of samples is impressive and nearly seamless. Highly recommended for fans of Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, and Jane Siberry."

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Josh Weichel -- Happy Polishes Her Cleverness and Songwriting Skills -- "Happy Rhodes continues with the computer-flavored musical style she's been good at for quite some time with "Many Worlds Are Born Tonight.". Her previous release, "Building the Colossus," shared similarly flavored tunes. But it certainly won't be possible to confuse this album with any of her others. The first track, "100 Years," starts off with a synthetic soundscape, singing "With no genetic code/so pathetic am I/Don't have the luxury/Of knowing someday I'll die/Is this the second eden/Am I the new Adam." The textures of this first track continue to make their presence known throughout the album. The feeling of floating through tunnels and along horizons of colors and lights is given off as a natural part of "Many Worlds ..." But her skills don't end with a mastery at the keyboard and computer. Her trademark vocals and lyrics are also at full-force. Harmonies and counter-melodies float about as well, adding an analog texture to their digital counterparts. Some incredible results ensue, such as a duet answer/response with a violin in the sixth track, "Roy," and crisp voices in the proceeding "Tragic": "I see you/Because you are tragic/And I need you/For the same/There's a little bit of you in me/You can't escape what you became ... Although we share/Pain and despair/Somehow/You are predisposed/To suffer the most." There's even some edgier material, complete with drum loops as with "Proof." The final track, "Serenading Genius," ends with "Every night/I go to sleep/And dream of what I seek/I serenade/I'm serenading genius so .../Come on/Come down/And be with me/Come on/Come down/Give me the key." My guess would be that she's indeed been given the key and "Many Worlds" is one of the doors she's unlocked."

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J Hanson -- Rhodes Genius Evident in Latest Release -- "Discovering Happy Rhodes is like discovering a vein of gold in the middle of a busy street. You stand in stupefied amazement at how such a treasure could have been overlooked so long. "Many Worlds are Born Tonight", Happy's 10th studio album and first release on Samson records, will hopefully help garner the attention she deserves. Happy's trademark multi-octave voice (often compared to Kate Bush) and long-time collaborator Kevin Bartlett's innovate guitar work are both featured on this new release. Deep rumbling base, complex vocal arrangements, and lots of cool electronica create a sonic landscape similar to the visual landscape created in the movie BladeRunner, the inspiration for at least one track on the new album, "Roy". Happy continues to do what she does best, finding the heart in the monster, the android, the horror that is humanity. In the final track, "Serenading Genius", Happy sings "I don't sing because I've found it, I sing because I'm looking for it." Happy's genius is clearly evident on this latest release."


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Adam K.

Other worldly magic
This was my first Happy Rhodes CD, and it's still my favourite. A weird and wonderful, beautifully crafted work that takes you to places of breathtaking imagination. I've never been a Kate Bush fan (oh, shame!) but I still love Happy's voice with its extraordinairy range and stately grace, and this album glides along like some glistening, organic and somewhat disturbing machine, emitting haunting, other-worldly sounds that draw you in and leave you both shaken and stirred. If you love music, buy it now.

Robert

Not to be missed
This CD is by a very talented woman at her creative peak thus far. The whole disc feels like a journey, at times mysterious and at other times deeply personal. The sound quality and production is also top notch. A rich audio experience.

Maeve

A Journey
This is the third Happy CD that I have had the pleasure to buy. However, it was my introduction to Happy's music. I stumbled upon her on Pandora (www.pandora.com) which is a free radio player that helps you discover music you may like based off of an artist you already enjoy. Well, lucky for me they played Happy's "Ra is a Busy God." I immediately tried to find as much music of Happy's as I could. Thankfully there was a selection on YouTube that I could listen too. Then I stumbled across the fan run pages on My Space and I was truly in heaven.

I adore this CD, because Happy's music makes you think. It makes you go on a mental journey and lets your mind explore and play.

Whether you're mentally dancing in the sunlight woods to "Ra is a Busy God" or feeling the unending life-span and tiredness of Artificial Intelligence in "100 Years" (this song specifical evokes images from the move AI where they find him at the end and he has been alone for so long, years upon years) you are sure to be mentally stimulated.

I am also amazed at the replayablity of this CD. I have yet to get tired of listening to it, and I feel like I still discover a new layer each time I listen.

I just can't express through words how delightful this CD is, or how much I want to own more of Happy's music.

Her music is like a 7 layer dip, only with countless layers for you delve through, and fully taste with your mind. I have to agree with both Andrew Fricker, and the Terra Incognita review here, as they echo my own thoughts immensely.

Enjoy this cd, and go on the journey provided, you won't regret it.

Andrew Fricker

An un-discovered diamond
Happy Rhodes is one of those artists who blows your socks off when you stumble across them.

Many Worlds is the first full album I'd heard from Happy after downloading various tracks from the 10 album legacy over time.

The real joy of this artist and this album for me is the way it draws you in, demanding repeated listens. Songs that seem straightforward are not, songs that seem happy or respectful are drawn from deep hurt.

I'll only mention a few tracks - Hundred Years - I needed to be told this was a dying robot/ artificial intelligence on a neglected space station - I just thought it was problematic realtionship - I loved the song, got the point, and then ADORED the song.

The Chariot - again the back drop to this song ( listen to it, think about it and then find out the reality) just shades a fabulous song into a choking wonder.

Roy just demands a thumping club remix

Serenading Genius - what I hope I'm doing.

I could go on - this is a wonderful album - it should be in the collection of every serious appreciator of the female voice and is a wonderful introduction to the wonders of the Happy Rhodes archive.. and the expectation of the future!

Sue Fechner

Don't Read This, Just Buy It Already - Okay!
There are many albums that I treasure but there are only a few that I would give 6 out of 5 stars to - this amazing album is one of them. When I first received this album it stayed permenatly in my cd player for a year - I kid you not - and it was played so often that I'm sure that I could've taken it out and the player would have still been able to reproduce it. Looking back, I am astounded that I would do such a thing but I can hear why. This is a finely crafted album with endless layers of music that accentuates the breath-taking lyrics. I have always enjoyed Happy's work immensely but this was something that reached out and grabbed me by the heart. I could continue to ramble on about this masterpiece but time's a-wasting - buy it immediately!

WoW

A fabulous journey
To me, this is what Kate Bush would have sounded like if she had released a new album in the late 90's, when electronic production became hip. Happy's voice, choice of subject matter and song structure are so similar to Kate! Maybe Happy is tired of being compared to Kate all of the time - but to me, that is the thing that drew me to this album in 1999, and I still love it dearly!

Iris

Ethereal and introspective
An interesting mixture of ethereal and electronic music and of Happy Rhodes' clear and dark sides of her remarkable voice range. The whole CD's rather homogeneous without sounding repetitive, and I find this music very soothing, almost meditative. Also the spiritual lyrics add to this feeling (especially in "Looking over Cliffs"). It's just the right CD for a quiet evening of introspection.

Vickie

Brilliant!
Happy's my favorite artist this side of Kate Bush, and this album is her masterpiece. Every song tells a fascinating story, such as "100 Years" which is about a sentient computer that's been abandoned on a deserted space station, and her awesome voice will have your spine tingling in no time. It's one of those albums that you can listen to hundreds of times and find something new in each listen. It's a desert island disc for me.

robert bristow-johnson

Masterpiece
Happy Rhodes is simply a goddess in a similar manner to how artists such as Lisa Gerrard, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos, Sade, and Sarah McLachlan are. Happy Rhodes combines intimate and exquisite feminine vocals (that are most reminiscent of Kate Bush, but I think also of Karen Carpenter, but with more elevated lyrical visions), proficient and tasteful instrumentation (both acoustic and electronic, mostly the latter in this CD), and intellectual yet catchy compositions and arrangements. The adjectives “eclectic” or “creative” are not only clichés but also do not suffice to describe her work product. This music is seriously addictive but not by any cheap means.

Probably, The Chariot followed by Ra is a Busy god (tracks 3 and 4) are the place to start for someone unfamiliar with Happy and with limited time to check her out. (Ra is an utter masterpiece.) The entire CD from beginning to end is the best way to listen although I must admit that I've been less enamored with Proof. Other tracks that are creative genious: 100 Years, Many Worlds, Tragic, Looking over Cliffs.

Sam Sloan

An amazing cd by an amazing artist.
Happy Rhodes' talent is a wonder to behold and Many Worlds Are Born Tonight is a showcase for her range and abilities. To say the CD is hypnotic would be selling it short. How many artist are there that share her four octave range and how many CDs are there that can compare with this?

My advice, buy it, play it, share it with your friends. They will love you for it and will fall in love with Happy as I did.

I own this CD and will buy all of her others when they are available.