How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

by Better Than Ezra
     
 

Rightly suspecting that the days of grunge and alt-rock were finished in the late '90s, Better Than Ezra wisely decided to revamp their trademark post-grunge sound for their third album, How Does Your Garden Grow? That they chose to revamp in the most predictable way -- mainly electronica and trip-hop, but with a touch of spaceSee more details below

Overview

Rightly suspecting that the days of grunge and alt-rock were finished in the late '90s, Better Than Ezra wisely decided to revamp their trademark post-grunge sound for their third album, How Does Your Garden Grow? That they chose to revamp in the most predictable way -- mainly electronica and trip-hop, but with a touch of space rock and Brit-pop on the side -- may mean they're not innovators, but it does suggest that they are canny cultural watchers, and they turn out to be as adept in fusing all these elements together as they were in blending jangle pop and grunge. That may mean that Garden doesn't have the thrill of discovery anywhere in its grooves, but it's nevertheless well crafted and smartly performed. It also happens to boast the best set of songs that Kevin Griffin and company have yet written, even if there are a couple of tracks that sink under the weight of their own ambitions. Still, the new ambition in the music (even if it isn't adventurous) and the catchier, more emotional songwriting is enough to elevate How Does Your Garden Grow? to the status of Better Than Ezra's best album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/1998
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0075596224727
catalogNumber:
62247
Rank:
157515

Tracks

  1. Je Ne M'En Souviens Pas  -  Better Than Ezra
  2. One More Murder  -  Better Than Ezra
  3. At the Stars  -  Better Than Ezra
  4. Like It Like That  -  Better Than Ezra
  5. Allison Foley  -  Better Than Ezra
  6. Under You  -  Better Than Ezra
  7. Live Again  -  Better Than Ezra
  8. Happy Day Mama  -  Better Than Ezra
  9. Pull  -  Better Than Ezra
  10. Particle  -  Better Than Ezra
  11. Beautiful Mistake  -  Better Than Ezra
  12. Everything in 2's  -  Better Than Ezra
  13. New Kind of Low: Low/Coma  -  Better Than Ezra
  14. Waxing or Waning?  -  Better Than Ezra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Better Than Ezra   Primary Artist
Karl Berger   Strings,Vibes
Malcolm Burn   Strings,Vibes
Brian Graber   Trumpet
Travis Aaron McNabb   Percussion,Drums,Beat Box,Optigan,VCS 3 Synthesizer
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Tom Drummond   Synthesizer,Bass,Pedals,VCS 3 Synthesizer
Anthony Dagrade   Flute
James Arthur Payne   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Karl Berger   Arranger
Robert Berry   Sculpture
Malcolm Burn   Producer,Engineer
Joe Gastwirt   Mastering
Jim De Barros   Art Direction

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