• The debut´s mood glows with elegant skills, and true passion for the music. The diverse horn arrangements and tight rhythm section build a solid and functional base for Pettinen´s delightful voice and juicy solos”
  • “2Happy´s melody riffs are colorful, flexible, clever, sensitive and powerful at the same time. Because of it´s easygoing groove and fleshy sounds, the music sooths your soul” 
  • “A huge sound of the big Happy People –ensemble completes the album deliciously.”
    Turun Sanomat 20.5.2013
  • “There´s no minor moods on the album, but there´s a lot of clever hooks, positive attitude, grooving souljazz and funk.”
    Turun Sanomat
  • “A trumpet player Pettinen is a great singer. He sings: I got to sing and makes it sound effortless.”
  • “A jazz group MP4 and various different studio sessions have made the jazz trumpet player Pettinen a top musician, who really can play the keyboards and sing as well. A long-standing dream of a soul/funk album has been created following the path of the outlines of its genre. Pettinen lets his influences to be heard, but his own handprint is definitely on the front.”
    Rytmi Magazine, 4 stars.
  • “Skivsoundet är fylligt och lyssnarvänligt. Med säker hand dirigerar Pettinen helheten, och övertygar dessutom också som sångsolist. Då han tar till trumpeten, påminner soundet om Miles Davis elektriska 70-talsstötar.Bandet som består av en landets toppjazzmusiker spelar lyhört och energiskt men varvar också ned vid behov.”
    Hufvudstadsbladet 25.9.2013
  • Mikko Pettinen hails from Finland, but he speaks the universal language of soul, jazz and funk. The soul and the funk’s in there for sure – but they’re given a Nordic twist while Mikko’s other admitted, non-soul influences – Billy Joel, Steely Dan, and The Beatles shine through strongly.With its crunching synth lines, ’Stuck On That’ is the LP’s outstanding track. It has the feel of ’Superstition’ era Stevie Wonder and it’s clear that Mikko and his six piece backing band are having a ball. Elsewhere ’Dim The Lights’ and ’Open Pages’ owe much to Steely Dan though vocally Mikko does a good Billy Joel. Indeed ’Making My Way’ could be an old Billy Joel outtake. ’Moment Of Funk’ and ’Climate Change’ are big slabs of Euro style funk ,that last even features a rap from Redrama. Of the ballads, ’Take Me As I Am’ is the prettiest– gentle and pop-inflected.” 13.11.2013