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Bill and the Belles Happy Again DBOCD0021 CD
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FormatAudio CD
Ordering NumberDBOCD0021
Barcode877746003202
labelDitty Boom Records/Free Dirt Records
Release date23/07/2021
salesrank488

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      Happy Again isn’t exactly happy. But the delightfully deadpan new album from roots mainstays Bill and the Belles is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. Out May 21, 2021 on Ditty Boom Records (distribution and promotion by Free Dirt Service Co.), Happy Again marks a new chapter for the group by featuring all original music penned by founding member Kris Truelsen. There’s no dancing around it: this album is about his divorce. However, this personal loss turned out to be a creative boon for the band. Over eleven tracks the group shows their knack for saying sad things with a bit of a smirk: the title track is a sarcastic laundry list of existential woes, while “People Gonna Talk” profiles some of the frustrations of small-town living. “Make It Look Easy” is both an anthem for apathy and a proper "get lost" to those who’ve got something to say about your life choices. Tucked amongst the grief and jubilation are some jingle-worthy oddballs for which the band is well known. This raw songcraft along with the deft production touch of Teddy Thompson, who encouraged using only first or second takes, gives Happy Again an emotional punch that deepens with each listen.

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      CD 1
      • 1.Happy Again (I'll Never Be)02:44
      • 2.Make It Look Easy03:18
      • 3.Taking Back My Yesterday02:50
      • 4.That'll Be Just Fine03:37
      • 5.The Corn Shuckin' Song01:39
      • 6.Bye Bye Bill02:57
      • 7.People Gonna Talk03:13
      • 8.Blue So Blue04:00
      • 9.Sobbin' the Blues02:10
      • 10.Get Up and Give It One More Try03:01
      • 11.Good Friends Are Hard To Find02:59
      • Total:32:28