Happy to You

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Happy to You
Miike Snow - Happy to You.png
Studio album by Miike Snow
Released 13 March 2012 (2012-03-13)
Recorded May–November 2011
Studio
  • Robotberget Studio (Stockholm)
  • Downtown Records Studio (New York City)
Genre
Length 40:08
Label
Producer Miike Snow
Miike Snow chronology
Miike Snow
(2009)
Happy to You
(2012)
iii
(2016)
Singles from Happy to You
  1. "Paddling Out"
    Released: 23 January 2012
  2. "The Wave"
    Released: 14 May 2012
  3. "Pretender"
    Released: 30 October 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB−[3]
Clash8/10[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
NME8/10[7]
Now4/5[8]
Pitchfork5.8/10[9]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[11]

Happy to You is the second studio album by Swedish indie pop band Miike Snow. It was released in the United States on 13 March 2012 by Downtown Records and Universal Republic Records, and in the United Kingdom on 19 March 2012 by Columbia Records.

Background and recording[edit]

Miike Snow announced on social media on 31 May 2011 that they were working on a new album.[12] On 6 October 2011, the band began mixing the album.[13] After recording for the album concluded on 29 November 2011, the band started filming the accompanying music videos and finished working on the artwork.[14]

Release and promotion[edit]

The promotional single "Devil's Work" debuted on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 on 6 December 2011,[15] and was subsequently offered as a free download.[16] The band announced on 20 December 2011 that their second studio album would be titled Happy to You, with a release date set for the week of 26 March 2012.[17]

The album's lead single "Paddling Out" premiered on Spin magazine's website on 19 January 2012,[18] before its digital release on 23 January.[19] Another song from the album, "Black Tin Box" (a collaboration with Swedish singer Lykke Li), premiered on Pitchfork on 24 January 2012.[20] Happy to You was released on iTunes on 13 March 2012, 13 days ahead of the original 26 March release date.

"The Wave" was released as the album's second single on 14 May 2018.[21] The accompanying video premiered on 15 March and was once again directed by Swedish director Andreas Nilsson, who also worked on the video for "Paddling Out". Both videos form together a unified story about a group of unfortunate humans who were abducted to space in an experiment to create a perfect human named Jean Noel. After some pretty brutal chainsaw surgery that is performed on the latest abductee, the spaceship seemingly manned by classical-era twins crashes to Earth and that is where the story of the second video starts.

Commercial reception[edit]

In the United States, Happy to You debuted at number 43 on the Billboard 200,[22] selling 10,000 copies its first week.[23] It also debuted at number 13 on the Billboard's Rock Albums chart and at number nine on the Alternative Albums chart.[24][25] As of January 2016, the album had sold 42,000 copies in the US.[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Miike Snow.

No.TitleLength
1."Enter the Joker's Lair"3:28
2."The Wave"3:43
3."Devil's Work"3:55
4."Vase"3:40
5."God Help This Divorce"4:32
6."Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)"4:02
7."Pretender"3:33
8."Archipelago"4:05
9."Black Tin Box" (featuring Lykke Li)5:33
10."Paddling Out"3:37

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Happy to You.[29]

  • Miike Snow – all instruments, arrangements, production, programming, recording, vocals
  • Johan Ahlin – French horn (tracks 3, 5)
  • Gustav Ejstes – Autoharp (track 2)
  • Staffan Findin – bass trombone, trombone (track 3)
  • Niklas Flyckt – mixing
  • Svante Halldin – flugelhorn, trumpet (track 3)
  • Thomas Hedlund – drums (track 10)
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Lykke Li – additional vocals (track 9)
  • David Lindberg – field drums (tracks 2, 6)
  • Pär Lindqvist – strings (tracks 3, 5, 6, 9)
  • Jonathan Lundberg – field drums (tracks 2, 6)
  • Samuel Lundin – mastering assistance
  • Claes Malmberg – field drums (tracks 2, 6)
  • Natalie Migdal – strings (tracks 3, 5, 6, 9)
  • Sabina Sandri Olsson – strings (tracks 3, 5, 6, 9)
  • Nille Perned – additional recording
  • Axel Sjöstedt – trumpet (track 6)
  • Fredrik Syberg – strings (tracks 3, 5, 6, 9)
  • Nils Törnqvist – drums (tracks 1–4, 6–9)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[30] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 123
Belgian Alternative Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 34
Belgian Heatseekers Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32] 17
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 62
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[34] 40
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[35] 69
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[36] 91
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 32
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 42
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 31
US Billboard 200[41] 43
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[42] 9
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[43] 13

References[edit]

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