Happy? (Jann Arden album)

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Happy?
Studio album by Jann Arden
Released September 23, 1997 (Canada)
June 8, 1998 (US)
Recorded Groove Masters Studio, Santa Monica, California
Genre Adult Alternative
Length 45:30
Label A&M
Producer Jann Arden, Ed Cherney, Mark Goldenberg
Jann Arden chronology
Living Under June
(1994)
Happy?
(1997)
Blood Red Cherry
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link

Happy? is the third album by Canadian singer/songwriter Jann Arden, released on September 23, 1997 (see 1997 in music) in Canada and June 8, 1998 in the United States.

The album's title and cover, which features an image of Arden sucking her thumb, are seemingly at odds with Arden's image as a writer and performer of sad love-gone-wrong songs. However, Arden is also widely known in Canada for being gregariously funny and engaging in concert, and her self-deprecating wit has endeared her to fans. In addition to her own compositions, the album also contained a cover of the 1960s classic "To Sir With Love". The album title's use of the word "happy" ending in a question mark was first employed a decade earlier by Public Image Limited.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Jann Arden, except "To Sir With Love" by Don Black and Mark London.

  1. "The Sound Of" – 3:33
  2. "Leave Me Now" – 3:50
  3. "I Know You" – 4:16
  4. "Holy Moses" – 4:54
  5. "Wishing That" – 4:12
  6. "Saved" – 4:36
  7. "Ode to a Friend" – 2:56
  8. "Shooting Horses" – 4:15
  9. "Weeds" – 3:56
  10. "Hangin' by a Thread" – 5:05
  11. "To Sir With Love" – 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Jann Arden, Ed Cherney, Mark Goldenberg
  • Executive producer: Neil MacGonigill
  • Associate producer: Shari Sutcliffe
  • Engineers: Ed Cherney, Mark Goldenberg, Duane Seykora
  • Assistant engineers: Sebastian Haimerl, Bob Salcedo, Mike Scotella
  • Mixing: Ed Cherney, Duane Seykora
  • Mixing assistant: Stuart Brawley
  • Mastering: Doug Sax
  • Arranger: Mark Goldenberg
  • Percussion programming: Jeffrey C.J. Vanston
  • Art direction: Karen Walker

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1998 Top Canadian Albums 7