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Chaka Khan - Hello Happiness (2019) Published: February 15/19 Released: February 15/19 albumPop7 Tracks • 27 Minutes
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71%
    SELECTED LINE: The seven-track Hello Happiness pays respect to Khan’s funk and disco heydays, drawing a through-line via modern production’s showy window dressing. -The Guardian
    Hello Happiness is the 12th studio album by Chaka Khan, released by Diary Records and Island Records from Universal Music on February 15, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Hello Happiness3:56
    2. Like a Lady4:59
    3. Don't Cha Know3:17
    4. Too Hot3:43
    5. Like Sugar3:59
    6. Isn't That Enough3:31
    7. Ladylike3:45
A Diary Records / Island Records release; ℗ 2019 Diary Records Inc, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited
Critic Reviews (21)

Full of upbeat, powerful tracks that wouldn’t be out of place on a “Soul Train” line.

3 months ago

The New York Times The New York Times (TOP)

UK producer Switch doesn't give her enough of a solid foundation to stand on.

60% 3 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

With just seven songs in 28 minutes, Chaka Khan’s “Hello Happiness” is a little bundle of joy, emphasis on the little. But you shouldn’t feel shortchanged.

3 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

Hello Happiness is a messy, overproduced, anonymous set of hotel-lobby beats that makes woeful use of one of the greatest voices of all time.

59% 3 months ago


A release that rekindles plenty of that classic Chaka.

70% 3 months ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

Hello Happiness is a vital calling card to remind everyone to come hear this unearthly voice, still sizzling with spice.

80% 3 months ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

Some of the most danceable music in her career.

70% 3 months ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine

Khan's hallmark funk sound - but with an updated almost Ronson-esque twist - especially on track Like A Lady.

3 months ago


The songs instantly feel like classics, and with a lean seven-song tracklist, it’s so easy to quickly digest this album and be left wanting more.

3 months ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

Hello Happiness is indeed groove heavy, but gives too little for a singer of Chaka's ability to, well, sing - which is a shame, because on the occasions she does find space to stretch out her soaring voice seems to have retained its strength, tone and power. [Mar 2019, p.96]

60% 3 months ago

Mojo Mojo

Khan's own incomparable pipes as blast-proof as ever, her first studio album since 2007 stands comparison with its stellar single. [Apr 2019, p.113]

80% 3 months ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

“Hello Happiness”, poses some uncomfortable questions. Chief among them: Whose album is this, anyway?

63% 3 months ago

Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune (TOP)

Even when a surplus of synthesizers, organs, and flame-throwing guitars threaten to overtake her elsewhere, she cuts straight through with full-tilt, life-affirming power.

60% 3 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

It’s such a enjoyable comeback that you really don’t want it to end.

80% 3 months ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

The songs are an absolute blast: tuneful, exuberant and energetic.

100% 3 months ago

Metro Newspaper UK Metro Newspaper UK

But when Khan amps up the sass and swagger on title-track ‘Hello Happiness’ and ‘Too Hot’, you get a fiery glimpse of the diva dynamic on which she’s built a career.

70% 3 months ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

Chaka sure doesn’t have anything to say about the big bad world but pure escapism certainly has its place in these uncertain times.

60% 3 months ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

I can’t shake the feeling that this is the party that never quite kicks on.

3 months ago

Off The Tracks Off The Tracks

Clocking in at merely seven songs, Hello Happiness feels more like a brief study in divadom than the reinvigorating comeback album Khan deserves.

3 months ago

Crack Magazine Crack Magazine

65 years young and grooving away like Studio 54 never closed its doors.

60% 3 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

The seven-track Hello Happiness pays respect to Khan’s funk and disco heydays, drawing a through-line via modern production’s showy window dressing.

60% 3 months ago

User Reviews (5)

A. Thompson4 months ago
THE ONE AND ONLY! Welcome back my dear Chaka!👍🏽

Urbancityguy754 months ago
Queen Of Funk The Queen Of Funk is gracing us once again with vocals that cannot be matched. We are so lucky that we have artists like this to give us some kind of joy in a world that makes no sense. Amazing Chaka Khan

GarCab4 months ago
Chaka is back Love me some Chaka

genexo4 months ago
Chaka goes old Skool ...and makes it new again!- QUEEN!...paradise garage revisited!

Jacybitz4 months ago
. I love you! My God, do I love you! the one and only Chaka Khan, but I got better hooks for you to sing then that. I got a solid EP ready for you to record right now with the songs that would be more deserving.
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