Happy Town (album)

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Happy Town
Jill Sobule - Happy Town.jpg
Studio album by Jill Sobule
Released March 18, 1997
Genre Adult alternative
Length 46:23
Label Atlantic
Producer Robin Eaton,
Mark Goldenberg,
Brad Jones
Jill Sobule chronology
Jill Sobule
(1995)
Happy Town
(1997)
Pink Pearl
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Happy Town is the third album by the American singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, released in 1997. (see 1997 in music). The album contains the singles "Bitter" and "When My Ship Comes In" as well as the fan favorite "Half a Heart" and the satirical social commentary "Soldiers of Christ" where Sobule sings from the point of view of a Christian Conservative to illustrate the existence of homophobia in religion. "Love Is Never Equal" appeared in the 2005 Jenny McCarthy film, Dirty Love.

"Bitter" peaked at #74 on the Australian ARIA singles chart in June 1997.[3] The album peaked at #83 on the Australian ARIA albums chart during the same month.[3]

The album cover illustration, which initially featured a Prozac pill, was changed to show a pair of test tubes when Wal-Mart refused to carry the album in its stores. The company asserted that the original image promoted drug abuse The album's lead single, "Bitter", peaked at #74 on Australia's ARIA Top 100 Singles chart on its release.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bitter" (Barone, Sobule) – 3:30
  2. "Happy Town" (Goldenberg, Sobule) – 3:46
  3. "Barren Egg" (Eaton, Sobule) – 3:37
  4. "Half a Heart" (DeMain, Sobule) – 3:47
  5. "When My Ship Comes In" (Eaton, Gaye, Hunter, Sobule, Stevenson) – 3:50
  6. "Clever" (Eaton, Sobule) – 3:18
  7. "I'm So Happy" (Eaton, Sobule) – 2:43
  8. "Little Guy" (Sobule) – 3:24
  9. "Underachiever" (Sobule) – 3:42
  10. "Love Is Never Equal" (Eaton, Sobule) – 3:15
  11. "Soldiers of Christ" (Eaton, Sobule) – 3:20
  12. "Attic" (Sobule) – 2:10
  13. "Sold My Soul" (Eaton, Sobule) – 3:35
  14. "Super 8" (Galdston, Sobule) – 2:26

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Robin Eaton, Mark Goldenberg, Brad Jones
  • Engineers: Brad Jones, Dominick Maita, Elijah Shaw
  • Mixing: Roger Moutenot
  • Mixing assistants: Rich Cohan, Sandy Jenkins, Chris Stone
  • Programming: Mark Goldenberg
  • Photography: Annette Aurell
  • Arranger: Phil Galdston
  • Production Coordination: Barbara Moutenot
  • Cover design: Brad Talbott
  • Illustrations: Brad Talbott
  • Background vocals: Bob, Jim, Mary Ellen and Matthew Sobule

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ Sobule, Jill (August 25, 2010). "I'm in the Newseum as an example of dumb censorship. And a song where I play drums!". Jill's Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2010.