Live at the House of Blues New Orleans

Live at the House of Blues New Orleans

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by Better Than Ezra
     
 

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Better Than Ezra will be forever tied to the 1990s. The decade embraced Kevin Griffin's elastic vocals and his band's workmanlike blend of jangle chords and vague lyrical disaffection. They couldn't keep the hits alive post-Y2K, but Better Than Ezra has remained a popular club act, as Live at the House of Blues New Orleans proves. Since 2001's decent Closer<

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Better Than Ezra will be forever tied to the 1990s. The decade embraced Kevin Griffin's elastic vocals and his band's workmanlike blend of jangle chords and vague lyrical disaffection. They couldn't keep the hits alive post-Y2K, but Better Than Ezra has remained a popular club act, as Live at the House of Blues New Orleans proves. Since 2001's decent Closer, the band has settled into the House of Blues tour circuit, giving fans and casual listeners their fix of '90s flavor with hits like "Good" and "Rosealia." This live set captures BTE at just such a HOB gig, recorded in their hometown of New Orleans in August 2003. It's as passably rousing as you'd expect, with Griffin's voice translating well to the live environment and plenty of inspiration in his guitar playing and the bass work of Tom Drummond. The melodic urgency of "In the Blood" -- one of their best songs from back then -- is still vital, and the band even injects a little unexpected life into the somewhat embarrassing hip-hop/Beck patois of the Closer-era tracks "Extra Ordinary" and "Rolling." Griffin won't win any awards in the stage banter department, but fans will enjoy that the patter's left in here. And it's too bad "Desperately"'s melodic stridency is expanded to a bloated eight minutes, because the song's chorus still kicks. But those are minor issues on a set that's a nice thank-you to listeners who've stuck with Better Than Ezra for over ten years. Those same fans will also note Live at the House of Blues New Orleans' inclusion of two new Ezra studio recordings, "Cold Year" and "Stall." [The album was also released in a DVD version.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0075597942064
catalogNumber:
86364
Rank:
101258

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Better Than Ezra   Primary Artist
Kevin Griffin   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Travis Aaron McNabb   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Mark Mullins   Percussion,Trombone,Guest Appearance
Tom Drummond   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Kenny Corbett   Percussion
John Gros   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Jim Payne   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Eric Lucero   Percussion,Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ethan Allen   Engineer,Audio Production
Kenny Corbett   Drum Technician
Brian Brown   Engineer
Sean Mallinson   Graphic Design
Ryan Brach   Bass Technician
Stephen "Junior" Huss   Monitor Engineer

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Live at the House of Blues New Orleans 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a band that's been together for 15 years, this live album seems extremely overdue. However, it is well worth the wait. The sound is rich and clear and the two bonus tracks are amazing. If this is the way BTE is going with their music, I am all for it. They're both great, rocking songs that are very catchy. Also, this cd doesn't have that hollow sound that many live cds have. This cd is a must for any fan the only downside is that it makes you antsy for a live BTE show and those rock.