Pretty Little Head

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This article is about the album by Nellie McKay. For the single by Paul McCartney, see Pretty Little Head (song).
Pretty Little Head
Pretty Little Head (album).jpg
Studio album by Nellie McKay
Released October 31, 2006
Recorded 2005
Genre Singer-Songwriter, Pop, Rock
Label Hungry Mouse, SpinArt Records, Rykodisc Records (2006-2007)
Sony Records (2008-)
Producer Robin Pappas/Nellie McKay
Nellie McKay chronology
Get Away from Me
Pretty Little Head
Obligatory Villagers
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Being There Magazine 3.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.4/10[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Spin B+[6]

Pretty Little Head is the second album by singer Nellie McKay. It was released October 31, 2006, on Nellie's own Hungry Mouse label. Initial reports indicated that the album would be released on the Internet in January, with a possible conventional release in February; however, this did not end up being the case. Speculation existed that the album's release would be timed to coincide with the start of The Threepenny Opera which McKay began starring in on Broadway in April, but this did not take place either.

It features duets with Cyndi Lauper ("Beecharmer") and k.d. lang ("We Had It Right"). Other songs include "Columbia Is Bleeding", "Cupcake" ("...about gay marriage..."), and "The Big One" ("...about a tenant's rights activist...").

Pretty Little Head was originally set to be released October 18, 2005. The release date was subsequently delayed until December 27, 2005 and finally January 3, 2006.

However, McKay announced on December 19, 2005, that she had left Columbia/Sony Records after a dispute over the length of the upcoming album.[7] Just over two weeks following this announcement, a New York Times article surfaced stating McKay said she had been dropped by Columbia Records.[8]

The album was being marketed and manufactured on the SpinArt Records label until the label's bankruptcy in 2007. Pretty Little Head is now being distributed by Sony in its original, 23-track 2-CD version, effectively bringing the album back to Columbia.

Track listing[edit]

Columbia's version[edit]

  1. "Cupcake" (4:44)
  2. "Pink Chandelier" (1:38)
  3. "There You Are in Me" (2:46)
  4. "The Big One" (4:02)
  5. "G.E.S." (1:42)
  6. "I Will Be There" (2:55)
  7. "The Down Low" (3:36)
  8. "Long & Lazy River" (3:47)
  9. "Beecharmer" featuring Cyndi Lauper (4:02)
  10. "Real Life" (2:49)
  11. "I Am Nothing" (1:47)
  12. "we had it right" featuring k.d. lang (2:20)
  13. "Columbia Is Bleeding" (3:41)
  14. "GLADD" (3:06)
  15. "Happy Flower" (2:27)
  16. "Tipperary" (2:56)
Columbia's version

spinArt/Hungry Mouse version[edit]

Disc One

  1. "Cupcake" (4:44)
  2. "Pink Chandelier" (1:38)
  3. "There You Are in Me" (2:46)
  4. "Yodel" (1:36)
  5. "The Big One" (4:02)
  6. "G.E.S." (1:42)
  7. "I Will Be There" (2:55)
  8. "The Down Low" (3:36)
  9. "Long & Lazy River" (3:47)
  10. "I Am Nothing" (1:47)
  11. "Beecharmer" featuring Cyndi Lauper (4:02)
  12. "Swept Away" (1:53)

Disc Two

  1. "Real Life" (2:49)
  2. "Tipperary" (2:56)
  3. "Gladd" (3:06)
  4. "Food" (3:00)
  5. "We Had It Right" featuring k.d. lang (2:20)
  6. "Columbia Is Bleeding" (3:41)
  7. "Lali Est Paresseux" (2:33)
  8. "Happy Flower" (2:27)
  9. "Mama & Me" (4:11)
  10. "Pounce" (0:56)
  11. "Old Enough" (1:45)