What began in the mid-'90s as a post-high-school art project—the formation of My Favorite—has turned into something incredibly real.

What began in the mid-'90s as a post-high-school art project—the formation of My Favorite—has turned into something incredibly real. Hailing from Long Island, N.Y., the five members of My Favorite share a fondness for melody and melancholia, New Order and Saint Etienne. The Smiths, too. "The Happiest Days of Our Lives"—a compendium of the quintet's three EPs and brand-new material (as well as a bonus disc of 14 remixes)—is post-punk dance-pop with heart, impassioned lyrics saddled alongside the most sunny of early-'80s-etched instrumentation. The sublime vocal stylings of Andrea Vaughn and Michael Grace Jr. are tailor-made for such musical terrain. Tracks like "The Suburbs Are Killing Us," "L = P," "Burning Hearts" and the title track are as infectious as they come.—MP