Better Than This

Better Than This

by The Normals
     
 

Hook-filled pop
ock with nasal, aching lead vocals and soaring harmonies. Decent songwriting with self-effacing humor courtesy of Andrew Osenga's lyrics, which sometimes seem a little downtrodden, if observant (in one song, "Everything," the singer, not knowing how to comfort a sad waitress, says, "I leave a tip like I think JesusSee more details below

Overview

Hook-filled pop
ock with nasal, aching lead vocals and soaring harmonies. Decent songwriting with self-effacing humor courtesy of Andrew Osenga's lyrics, which sometimes seem a little downtrodden, if observant (in one song, "Everything," the singer, not knowing how to comfort a sad waitress, says, "I leave a tip like I think Jesus would"). Sometimes the band is weighed down by an intentional obscurity: the title track, for example, sounds fantastic, but doesn't make much sense; at least not in a profitable way (e.g., the surreal imagery of R.E.M.'s "Wendell Gee"). A nice combination of aural textures helps things along, with the coupling of acoustic and distorted electric guitars. Steve Hindalong whaps the drums with authority and even the weaker cuts are hummable. A nice debut, if a little thin.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
Label:
Forefront
UPC:
0724382520122
catalogNumber:
25201

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Tracks

  1. Better Than This  -  Normals
  2. Song and Dance  -  Normals
  3. Someone To Believe  -  Normals
  4. Everything (Apron Full of Stains)  -  Normals
  5. What I Cannot Earn  -  Normals
  6. I Need You  -  Normals
  7. If Tomorrow Was Forever  -  Normals
  8. What's Ailing Norman  -  Normals
  9. Daddy's Girl  -  Normals
  10. Running from the Sun  -  Normals
  11. Forgive  -  Normals
  12. [Silence]  -  Normals
  13. [Silence]  -  Normals
  14. [Silence]  -  Normals
  15. [Silence]  -  Normals
  16. [Silence]  -  Normals
  17. [Silence]  -  Normals
  18. [Silence]  -  Normals
  19. [Silence]  -  Normals
  20. [Silence]  -  Normals
  21. [Untitled Hidden Track]  -  Normals

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Normals   Primary Artist
Billy Smiley   Mellotron
Steve Hindalong   Percussion,Drums
Greg Herrington   Loops
Roscoe Meek   Guitar
Leigh Nash   Vocals
Mark Hill   Bass
Mike Taquino   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Smiley   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Richie Biggs   Engineer
Eddie DeGarmo   Executive Producer
Patrick Kelly   Engineer
George Marino   Mastering
Dan Brock   Executive Producer
Greg Herrington   Programming
Cason Cooley   Arranger
Andy Osenga   Contributor

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