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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Better Than Ezra were one of a handful of bands that were caught between the chasm of legit post-Nirvana alt-rock and the legions of commercially minded post-grungers of the mid-'90s. Truth be told, they never seemed to fully belong to the indie-bred aesthetic of '90s alt-rock, not even in the way that the Gin Blossoms were a clear outgrowth of jangle pop -- they were just a guitar rock band who rode the post-grunge wave to the top of the modern rock charts in 1995 with "Good," and then had several other radio and MTV hits over the next five years, highlighted by "King of New Orleans," "In the Blood," "Rosealia," and "Desperately Wanting." One thing Ezra shared ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Better Than Ezra were one of a handful of bands that were caught between the chasm of legit post-Nirvana alt-rock and the legions of commercially minded post-grungers of the mid-'90s. Truth be told, they never seemed to fully belong to the indie-bred aesthetic of '90s alt-rock, not even in the way that the Gin Blossoms were a clear outgrowth of jangle pop -- they were just a guitar rock band who rode the post-grunge wave to the top of the modern rock charts in 1995 with "Good," and then had several other radio and MTV hits over the next five years, highlighted by "King of New Orleans," "In the Blood," "Rosealia," and "Desperately Wanting." One thing Ezra shared with most '90s bands was their keen sense of earnestness -- they really meant it, man, and that po-faced sincerity meant that their music could sometime seem generic, something that Elektra/Rhino's 2005 career overview, Greatest Hits, confirms. Apart from the aforementioned singles -- all available here in their radio-ready single versions, thankfully, which includes a handful of single remixes -- they didn't really craft memorable hooks, and whenever they did, their hooks were ingratiating, not immediate. So, even the band's biggest hits -- and all the charting hits are here, along with key album tracks, two rare mixes, and an unreleased cover of James' "Laid" -- are tunes that gradually work their way into memory instead of asserting themselves upon the first spin, a problem compounded by their sonic similarity. In the fine track-by-track liner notes in Greatest Hits, singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin Griffin notes that "Misunderstood" is "yet another song with G, D, E minor, C" chords, and while his self-depreciating humor is refreshing on paper, the songs fall victim to sounding too samey -- they may not all have the same exact chord progression although many do, including their biggest and best song, "Good", but they are all cut from the same cloth, and it makes listening to 16 tracks from their five albums a little much for anybody who isn't already a fan; this is a time that an old-fashioned eight-to-ten-track Greatest Hits would have been welcome. That said, even if Better Than Ezra's music is rarely gripping, the band is likeable -- partially due to that sincerity that also sinks them -- which may be enough for those looking for a trip back to the late '90s, since this Greatest Hits does capture the rather rudderless sound of the post-grunge modern rock of that era quite well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2005
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 081227950224
  • Catalog Number: 79502
  • Sales rank: 74,100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 King of New Orleans (4:09)
  2. 2 Good (3:07)
  3. 3 At the Stars (3:46)
  4. 4 In the Blood (4:35)
  5. 5 Live Again (4:23)
  6. 6 Extra Ordinary (3:40)
  7. 7 Rosealia (4:01)
  8. 8 Desperately Wanting (4:38)
  9. 9 Misunderstood (3:47)
  10. 10 This Time of Year (5:02)
  11. 11 Under You (4:46)
  12. 12 Tremble (3:06)
  13. 13 One More Murder (4:40)
  14. 14 Porcelain (4:54)
  15. 15 Laid (2:29)
  16. 16 Wallflower (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Better Than Ezra Primary Artist
Travis Aaron McNabb Percussion, Drums, Beat Box, Optigan, VCS 3 Synthesizer, Group Member
Tom Drummond Synthesizer, Bass, Pedals, VCS 3 Synthesizer, Group Member
James Arthur Payne Piano, fender rhodes
Cary Bonnecaze Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Kirkpatrick Producer
Karl Berger String Arrangements
Tim Booth Composer
Malcolm Burn Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer
Jim Glennie Composer
Kevin Griffin Composer
Travis Aaron McNabb Liner Notes
Sylvia Rhone Producer
Don Was Executive Soundtrack Producer
Brad Wood Producer, Engineer
Better Than Ezra Audio Production
Dan Rothchild Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tom Drummond Liner Notes
Saul Davies Composer
Andy Diagram Composer
Ethan Allen Producer, Engineer
James Gott Composer
David Baynton-Power Composer
John Nelson Engineer
Bruce Barielle Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I used to hear these guys on the radio all through high school (in the 90's) but never bought anything of theirs until recently. I just bought the album for the songs "Good" and "Desperately Wanting" but after listening to the entire album, recognized at least three others songs from the radio as well. They have that 90's alternative vibe to them, and I like it.

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