Happenstance (Rachael Yamagata album)

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Happenstance (US Version) by Rachael Yamagata.jpg
Studio album by Rachael Yamagata
Released June 8, 2004
Genre Alternative rock, blues rock
Length 63:06
Label RCA Victor
Producer John Alagía
Rachael Yamagata chronology
Rachael Yamagata (EP)
(2003)Rachael Yamagata (EP)2003
Live at the Loft & More
(2005)Live at the Loft & More2005
Additional cover
UK release front cover
UK release front cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Blender3/5 stars[2]
MSN Music4/5 stars[5]
PopMatters9/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine4.5/5 stars[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[9]

Happenstance is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata. It was released on RCA Victor on June 8, 2004 in the U.S., and May 16, 2005 in the UK. Three months after its release in the United States, on September 8, 2004, a limited edition including two bonus tracks was released in Japan.

As of August 17, 2007 the album had sold 143,000 copies.[10]

The album was produced by John Alagía, at Compass Point Studios except for the songs "Paper Doll" (produced by Kevin Salem), and "Collide" (part of the Japanese release produced by Doug McBride).

Track listing[edit]

American & UK release[edit]

  1. "Be Be Your Love" (Rachael Yamagata and John Alagia) —4:12
  2. "Letter Read" (Rachael Yamagata) —3:44
  3. "Worn Me Down" (Rachael Yamagata) —3:42
  4. "Paper Doll" (Rachael Yamagata and Kevin Salem) —5:15
  5. "I'll Find a Way" (Rachael Yamagata) —5:14
  6. "1963" (Rachael Yamagata and Mark Batson) —4:02
  7. "Under My Skin" (Rachael Yamagata) —4:11
  8. "Meet Me By the Water" (Rachael Yamagata) —3:58
  9. "Even So" (Rachael Yamagata) —4:18
  10. "I Want You" (Rachael Yamagata and Dan Wilson) —2:56
  11. "Reason Why" (Rachael Yamagata) —5:06
  12. "Moments with Oliver" [instrumental] (Rachael Yamagata) —1:02
  13. "Quiet" (Rachael Yamagata) —6:02
  14. "Ode To..." [unlisted track] (Rachael Yamagata) —5:47

Japanese Limited Edition release[edit]

  1. "Be Be Your Love" —4:12
  2. "Worn Me Down" —3:42
  3. "Letter Read" —3:44
  4. "Collide" —5:02
  5. "Paper Doll" —5:15
  6. "Moments with Oliver" —1:02
  7. "Quiet" —5:02
  8. "Under My Skin" —4:11
  9. "1963" —4:02
  10. "Edith" —7:01
  11. "Even So" —4:18
  12. "Meet Me By the Water" —3:58
  13. "I Want You" —2:56
  14. "I'll Find a Way" —5:14
  15. "Reason Why" —5:06
  16. "Ode to..." —5:47

Japan 2005 Tour Sampler[edit]

Japan 2005 Tour Sampler is another Promo EP by Rachael Yamagata released by RCA in 2005.

  1. "Worn Me Down" (Album version from Happenstance)
  2. "1963" (Album version from Happenstance)
  3. "Be Be Your Love" (Album version from Happenstance)
  4. "The Reason Why" (Live version from Live at the Loft & More)
  5. "Be Be Your Love" (Live version from Live at the Loft & More)



Year Chart Position
2004 Billboard Top Heatseekers (U.S.) 17


Title Chart Position
Worn Me Down U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 33
Letter Read -

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States June 8, 2004
Japan September 8, 2004
United Kingdom May 16, 2005