TRACK LISTING & COMMENTS
- Crazy Lucky – the “hit single”. When I saw this stated on the album cover I had to laugh out loud because apparently I’m not sure what definition of “hit single” is these days. Anyhow, this is a silly and fun, listenable tune.
- Gonna Get Better – the serious song; a story of a struggling friend. There are usually just one or two serious songs on a Better Than Ezra album dealing with substance abuse, strained relationships, etc… so there you go. This one is very traditional BTE with great vocals, and driving rock-style guitar and drums beneath.
- Undeniable – see comments on Least Favorite Song in the full review. I have not yet felt compelled to make myself listen to the whole thing.
- Insane – again one of my least favorites. Not as bad as #3; but really that’s all I have to say.
- Sunflowers – this actually was my favorite! A fun song that will get you rockin’ in the driver’s seat – refer to my comments for favorite song above.
- The Great Unknown – this is my very close “second favorite”. The heartfelt chorus will have you singing along, and feeling connected to your freest self. Still fun but thoughtful at the same time.
- Before You – this is a beautiful song. Simple lyrics, thoughtful vocal harmonies, and piano accompaniment. There is usually one of these on every BTE album, if you are a BTE fan I would compare this to “Under You”, “Everything in 2s”, and “Daylight”, etc… First-dance-at-a-wedding material. You will be singing along before it is over!
- Dollar $ign – This might be good enough lighthearted fun, but I find the literal “dollar sign character “$” in the title and the cheesy lyrics a little annoying.
- One Heart Beating – This was kind of a surprise, because I found the overall style and call-and-response approach to the chorus for this to be reminiscent of Coldplay. It would probably be great to hear live, in a huge arena with tons of people singing along.
- Diamond in my Pocket – This is old skool BTE. Imagine sitting around with your friends and a crappy guitar just playing fun songs in a kind of raw way. Lots of New Orleans references in here too, which is very BTE. A little bit silly of course, but not bad, not bad at all.
- I Fly Away – This one has sort of a Celtic feel – imagine that you’re running through the hills of the highlands chanting the chorus. In this case, the chorus of “Hey ma mama, away-o” is actually another music history reference to “Life in a Northern Town” by Dream Academy. I like it.
Don’t forget to check out the overall album review!