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Happiness Original recording reissued

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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, April 26, 1994
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Lisa Germano made her reputation as the fiddler in John Mellencamp's band, released the critically acclaimed 1991 indie album, "On the Way Down from the Moon Palace," and has now released her first major-label solo album, "Happiness." Unfortunately, it features too little of her fiddling and too much of her thin-voiced vocals, minimalist melodies and strained metaphors. --Geoffrey Himes

1. Bad Attitude
2. Destroy The Flower
3. Puppet
4. Everyone's Victim
5. Energy
6. Cowboy
7. Happiness
8. The Earth
9. Around The World
10. Sycophant
11. Miamo-Tutti
12. The Dresses Song
13. The Darkest Night Of All

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: 4AD/4AD Records
  • ASIN: B000002MQH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,045 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "bastiaan29" on May 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is probably her best album to date; but still, I love all her CD's. However, this one has some of her best tracks on it: Puppet, Energy, Bad Attitude & Destroy The Flower are all worth buying this album for. The Darkest Night Of All, however, must be the most emotional, beautiful track Lisa ever recorded.... that one really hit me. You might also want to track down the original release of this album, on Capitol records - it features some different songs, and mixes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Dain on April 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This one is raw and unresolved when compared to Germano's later discs, which are basically all concept albums. Each has its own remarkably self-consistent style, musical and lyrical: boozy hesitancy (Liquid Pig); lovesick, bitter self-mockery (Love Circus); quiet dead serious meditations on death (Maybe World) and abuse (Magic Neighbor), etc. (the last two might be my favorite 2000s albums, they're like nothing else).

In contrast, "Happiness" just has a genre, country-inflected rock/pop, which Germano attacks and then tears apart while meditating on men and women, sex, and all the usual rock/country subjects but with unusually brutal honesty, stress on brutal. The metaphors are all supposed to fail. So at first I didn't like it compared to her later stuff. But taken on its own, much more conventional terms, it's still a great album, just because of what it accomplishes through basically conventional "punk" gestures. Nobody wrote songs like this when Happiness came out and most of it is miles better than the subsequent angry-introspective-chick crap that passed for "pro-sex feminist" deep in the rest of the 90s. If you actually listen to the words, this makes Courtney Love look like a 1950s teenie-bopper.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on May 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Before she started making records, Lisa Germano was known mainly as a former violinist for John Mellencamp. On her albums, she plays moody and usually slow songs where she plays guitar, keyboard, accordian, violin, and mandolin, while singing songs that generally paint her as a helpless loser. But both her songwriting vision and musical style are unique, and she's well worth giving a listen to. This album contains the only actual ROCK songs I've heard by her: "Puppet", "Everyone's Victim", and "Sycophant". "The Darkest Night of All" is a heartwrenching song that was once prominently used on NBC's "Homicide" show. Germano occasionally lightens up briefly, like on "The Dresses Song", about loving a man so much that "You make me want to wear dresses." But "Happiness" is a VERY ironic title for this album. On "Bad Attitude", she pictures the world as a cruel joke played on her ("You wish you were happy but you're not/Ha ha ha"), and that's probably the main theme of the album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm on June 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
You have to warm to someone who sings about herself as an "inconsiderate bitch", calls her song publishing company Emotional Wench, and writes a song about her Bad Attitude. Known as a fiddle-player from her years on the road with John Mellencamp, it is her smokey voice and languid way with a song that first capture attention on this major-label debut solo album (she had an album on her own Major Bill label in 1991). There is a dark humour permeating the slightly sinister atmosphere of many of these songs, which makes for a most engaging wallow.

Apart from her own acerbically witty songs, on this original release of the album there is a suitably ironic re-working of These Boots Were Made For Walking, complete with the sounds of pots and pans being thrown in a fun temper tantrum, which demonstrates the spirit in which to appreciate these songs. This was dropped from the re-jigged version of the album which came out on Four AD in 1994, with a couple of the songs remixed by Ivo and John Fryer. If you have this original version of the album but want to hear remixes of the songs, you can find five of them on the recommended 26-minute EP Inconsiderate Bitch
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By woburnmusicfan on April 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Reviewer: A music fan from Woburn, MA United States
Before she started making records, Lisa Germano was known mainly as a former violinist for John Mellencamp. On her albums, she plays moody and usually slow songs where she plays guitar, keyboard, accordian, violin, and mandolin, while singing songs that generally paint her as a helpless ... But both her songwriting vision and musical style are unique, and she's well worth giving a listen to. This album contains the only actual ROCK songs I've heard by her: "Puppet", "Everyone's Victim", and "Sycophant". "The Darkest Night of All" is a heartwrenching song that was once prominently used on NBC's "Homicide" show. Germano occasionally lightens up briefly, like on "The Dresses Song", about loving a man so much that "You make me want to wear dresses." But "Happiness" is a VERY ironic title for this album. On "Bad Attitude", she pictures the world as a cruel joke played on her ("You wish you were happy but you're not/Ha ha ha"), and that's probably the main theme of the album...
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