Judith Owen "Happy This Way" SACD
Happy This Way explores Owen's extraordinary talent for mixing Celtic, jazz and contemporary influences, resulting in a memorable and emotional view of her homeland.
Welsh-born Judith Owen’s debut album for Linn marks her return home from life in the United States where she has established herself as a heartfelt singer / songwriter. On Happy This Way Owen brings to bear her singular sense of humour and raw emotionalism to create a homage to her native Britain that is at once poignant and funny.
Co-produced by Owen and John Fischbach - engineer of Stevie Wonder’s classic 1970s album Songs In The Key OF Life - songs range from the upbeat 'Painting by Numbers' to the melodic epic scope of 'Conway Bay'. Highlights include performances by Julia Fordham, Ian Shaw, Richard Thompson, Cassandra Wilson, a remix by Quantic and others.
'I do love the human condition and I can’t write about anything else', says Owen. 'I’m fascinated by what I know and see in myself, and in other people. I think this album embraces that thoroughly - how you just have to enjoy the ride, every second of it.'
'Owen's alluring vocals are a constant, the gift that keeps on giving.' Washington Post
'...a drier, hipper Norah Jones.' LA Times
'...the kind of wailing folk-jazz voice that slices away surfaces to touch vulnerable emotional nerve endings and leave you quivering.' New York Times
- Conway Bay
- Painting by Numbers
- Nicholas Drake
- Cool Life
- Happy This Way
- We're Only Human
- Love Has 2 Faces
- Dark Clouds
- My Father's Voice
- Enough (bonus track)