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Artist: Better Than Ezra
Label: Beyond Records
Genre: Rock
Release: Aug 2001   My Rating: 0
Duration: 11:18
Summary: A sweet, catchy gem of an album, "Closer" corrals Better Than Ezra's multitude of influences and styles into a memorable whole. While the title track sounds as if it might be an outtake from Live (not a bad thing!), the lush tune, with string arrangements by David Campbell, showcases singer-guitarist Kevin Griffin's bittersweet vocals, making for a standout in an album full of strong songs. Personal, poignant lyrics are paired with spare, lovely musicality on "A Lifetime," while the funky "Recognize," with slide guitar and guest DJ Swamp, is a departure, but it works, as does the hip-pop, almost-novelty "Extra Ordinary." With "Closer", BTE come across as a more sophisticated, adult contemporary version of Sugar Ray (the New Orleans-bred trio), moving seamlessly among light modern rock-pop styles, deftly capturing and illuminating emotions in an earnest, but never cloying, manner. "--Katherine Turman"


Artist: Better Than Ezra
Label: Elektra / Ada
Genre: rock
Release: Feb 1995   My Rating: 0
Duration: 12:39
Summary: Like a Jayhawks without the Los Angeles glitz, Louisiana's Better Than Ezra plays soulful country rock that's artful but bare of artifice. Regrouping after an independent debut and the death of its rhythm guitarist, the trio originally released the engaging Deluxe on its own, but it has since been picked up by Elektra. The band gets extra points for "The Killer Inside," a tune that quotes crime noir novelist Jim Thompson. "--Jim DeRogatis"


Artist: Better Than Ezra
Label: Elektra / Wea
Genre: AlternRock
Release: Jan 1998   My Rating: 0
Duration: 8:17
Summary: This might just be one of the very best albums of the 1990's. Kevin Griffin's opus, BTE's genius.



My fav's:



At The Stars. One of my FAVORITE BTE songs of alltime. Just a great melody and excellent lyrics that place you into the song.



Beautiful Mistake. Excellent song about lost love that has been found, but with the ever present BTE exception. The song is real, and it sticks with you. I ignored it, even after buyinng this as a cassette on the Tuesday it was realeased until seeing it live last November. My mistake.



One more Murder. Good song. It really made a lot of sense in 1997 when New Orleans was the murder capital of the US. Good social comment without being preachy.



Waxing or Waning. This is an absolute gem of a song. It is an emotion that you sing along with. Excellent track, one of Kevin's best ever. I never get tired of it.



The rest of the tracks to varying degrees are good to very good. The key is they all fit and ANY of them could be released TODAY and sound just like they belong on the radio in 2006.



You can always tell if you meet an idiot by asking them their opion on this album. If they say "I didnt get it", then they are an idiot. Plain and simple, this one's for the thinking crowd.