Happy Pills (song)
|Single by Norah Jones|
|from the album Little Broken Hearts|
|Released||March 6, 2012|
|Genre||Indie pop, rock, jazz|
|Label||Blue Note, EMI|
|Writer(s)||Norah Jones, Brian Burton|
|Norah Jones singles chronology|
"Happy Pills" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Norah Jones. It is the lead single from her fifth studio album Little Broken Hearts and was released digitally on March 6, 2012. The song was written by Jones and co-written and produced by Brian Burton. It tells the story of Jones emancipating herself from a relationship and finding that she is better off alone. Musically, is an "upbeat", "jazzy" song. It received mostly positive reviews, with many critics complimenting the chemistry between Jones and Burton and also its "catchy and breezy" style.
On February 28, 2012 she premiered "Happy Pills" via her Facebook page on the SoundCloud. After she announcing that she would be performing in the 2012 SXSW, she added that she would perform the single for the first time at that event.
"Happy Pills" was written by Jones and co-written and produced by Brian Burton. The song surprised Jones and Burton from the moment they wrote it. "We both were like 'Oh my God, this is awesome' at first and then went away and listened over the weekend, explained Jones. "We didn't know if it fit on the record. But I couldn't stop singing it, and neither could Brian. Eventually we decided it was too much fun, it had to be there." The song revolves around a break up as Jones admits to be feeling good about not having to deal with her lover anymore. "Would you please just let me go now?" pleads Jones, addressing some fool who crushed her feelings. Becky Bain of Idolator wrote that the song is "a sunny, languid tune". The song was also described as "upbeat" and "jazzy".
Bain wrote another review for the song, stating that it "is a lethargic but lovely lark of a song." Simon Vozick-Levinson from Rolling Stone wrote that her voice is "breezy" and that "breaking up never sounded so fun." Glenn Gamboa from Newsday called the track "stellar" and wrote that the song "shows how Jones is still looking to stretch musically, while maintaining her core appeal, and is destined to be in heavy rotation at cafes near you." Ray Rahman from Entertainment Weekly wrote that "the song is a simple, catchy, pop-leaning number that makes us that much more excited about Jones’ comeback year."
Chris Coplan from Consequence of Sound wrote that "the track features a bluesy guitar line as filtered through an ’80s pop sensibility, with vocals that are equal parts cooing sex kitten and retro soul songbird." Katherine St Asaph, a writer of "Pop Dust", wrote that "her vocals are serviceable and frequently better" and that the song "is likely neither to alienate fans or placate those with words for Come Away With Me (2002). It’s exactly what a Norah Jones record would sound like in the current alt-pop climate, where breezy usually does better than torchy."
A lyric video for the track was released on March 5, 2012. The official music video was premiered on VH1 on April 6, 2012 and it was directed by Isaiah Seret. According to "Under the Gun", on the video, Jones croons about the feeling of being in love against visuals of simple elegance, murder, and grace. Norah Jones told to VH1 that "It’s like a murder-not-so-much-of-a-mystery. It’s more like a murder-thriller. A thrilla!".
The Isaiah Seret-directed video starts in the past—the late 1950s or early 1960s — and goes forward and back in time as she lives out a revenge fantasy against her cheating beau. She has it out for both the boyfriend and his girlfriend in the Hitchcockian tale. the ending is crystal clear as a cold, blue lake as an older Jones rides her horse through the woods back to the scene of the crime that she has kept secret for decades...or not. The horse she rides is named Cordoba, and he resides at the Potomac Horse Center, North Potomac, MD.
- Norah Jones - Piano, electric guitar & vocals
- Brian Burton - Drums & synthesizer
- Blake Mills - Electric guitar
- Dan Elkan - Electric guitar
- Todd Monfalcone - Electric guitar
- Johnathan Hischke - Bass guitar
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||16|
|Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)||16|
|Japan (Japan Hot 100)||7|
|US Billboard Rock Songs||44|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||13|
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