In terms of heaviness, “Happy” can rank into the likes of Leona’s former hit “Bleeding Love”. Of course, it’s co-written by OneRepublic frontman, Ryan Tedder. It sounds a bit too signature Ryan Tedder but I’m quite not sure if there’s any change from style coming from Leona herself. It might be too safe to say that it just sounds like some lame Ryan T. production given to Leona and Syco Music chose it as her first single. At first listen, this might sound good. Just good.
After 4-5 listens…
It can sound very outstanding to the point you forget all of the cliche that was mentioned above. Leona’s back and I’m happy with the result. Although I disagree on the arrangement. The single as a whole is brill. Although there’s no chance of comparing this to Alexandra’s “Bad Boys” which shouldn’t be an idea after all.
Great choice Simon. Great choice.
RELEASED: September 6, 2009 (UK Airplay), September 15, 2009 (US Digital Download), November 9, 2009 (UK CD single)