Shady Cats' second album continues the collaboration between Grady Crumpler and Bill Eagen. This time, instead of working with three producers and a large number of musicians, the band was aided only by producer John Custer and bass/keyboard player Neal Chapman. Whereas the band's debut, Love Callin', had a guitar-pop sound with some rock additions, Whatever Happened ups the rock element while retaining the band's endearing pop sensibilities. The album kicks off with a love letter to the British Invasion, "You, Kaye," the "poppiest" track on Whatever Happened. The influence of Thin Lizzy is apparent in the twin guitar harmonies of the second track, "Down To London," and again on "Rock Bottom." Sandwiched between these two are "Without You," a Sammy Hagar style rocker with a candied chorus, and "Slippin' Away," with it's nasty Stones groove and explosive chorus. Like "I Want Independence" on the first album, "Devilish Tongue" is the most extreme song on Whatever Happened. It is followed by the smoldering intensity and barely contained chorus of "Girl Scout," the nadir in the album's sequence of optimism, sin, and redemption. Redemption begins with the album's title song, currently being shopped for film and TV opportunities. "Whatever Happened" sounds like Badfinger being updated by Hot Hot Heat. "I Felt The Love" makes the listener FEEL the love via a Zombies style verse that erupts into a chorus awash in '70s FM glory. The album closes with "With You," a Chuck Berry style bookend to "Without You," and "Monopoly," in which Crumpler reminds extremists of all stripes: "Nobody has a monopoly on the truth." In all, Whatever Happened is a captivating journey that continues Shady Cats' motto of "New Songs With Old Values."