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Pray for the Soul of Betty
     

Pray for the Soul of Betty

4.6 60
by Constantine Maroulis
 

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This New York-based rock band, which draws influences from Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, and Queens of the Stone Age, features 2005 American Idol favorite Constantine Maroulis on vocals. The Boston Globe wrote, "Pray For the Soul of Betty…personifies the kind of young and tattooed look that just means trouble," while The Hartford Courant said of the

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This New York-based rock band, which draws influences from Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, and Queens of the Stone Age, features 2005 American Idol favorite Constantine Maroulis on vocals. The Boston Globe wrote, "Pray For the Soul of Betty…personifies the kind of young and tattooed look that just means trouble," while The Hartford Courant said of the band's live show, "The group's set …was a mix of visceral indie-rock songs and souped-up tunes with the feel of old-school Black Sabbath."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923583721
catalogNumber:
5837

Tracks

  1. Drift
  2. Rich *****
  3. Truck Stop Sally
  4. SomeofMy******UpWorld
  5. Cut the Cord
  6. Cry
  7. . …the Day
  8. Suicide
  9. Playground
  10. Sylvan

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Pray for the Soul of Betty 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 60 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This music has brought great rock music back into our lives. It's hard but easy to listen to. I love "Sylvan"!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It will not disappoint. This CD is awesome from beginning to end. This is raw, hard, screaming rock that will wake up the sleeping headbanger inside of you! These guys are on their way up, check them ou now, and watch their stars rise!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raw, intense...and at the same time, beautiful. Check it out. You're going to love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with this CD. Constantine Maroulis became famous to us via American Idol, but I truly think he'll go much further. I love this CD and recommend it to everyone. I also look forward to his future work. Either way, Constantine is here to stay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just love this Album. It totaly rocks. I was hooked on Constantine from the 1st moment I saw him on idol, which led me to find out more about him , which lead me to discover Pray for the Soul of Betty. If you love rock and roll you will love this album, I you do not care for rock I say give it a try you will truely love it! I like all the songs so much that I would find it hard to pick a favorite. Worth every penny!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think they need to decide what they want to be, first of all. I hear mostly big-haired '80s music, with lyrics that are trying to sound very 2005. They remind me a lot of The Darkness gone completely wrong, (who, lucky for us, got it all right). Pray For The Soul Of Betty seems to be at their best musically when they attempt the (very) occasional ballad, but their lead singer's voice just isn't up to the task. In all, this seems to be a hodge podge of different sorts of musical talents, - yes, there is a glimmer of talent here - all forcing themselves to hopelessly mesh together into a band that can't decide which path to take. And the lifting of riffs from "older" songs, (possibly because listeners will have have forgotten them?!) is ridiculously obvious. Unfortunately, for example, they chose to lift riffs out of songs from the likes of Black Sabbath. Older, yes, forgettable, uhmmm...I don't think so. They seem to pull a lot from the eighties, also, which, let's face it, certainly isn't the best decade of songwriting to aspire to, and only leaves me thinking, "What are they thinking?!" (I will qualify their lifting riffs with a "stuck in my head, didn't realize that it came from another song," but it happens so often on this cd that it's really giving them the benefit of the doubt, and then, only because I feel that I have to say something nice here, too). The lyrics, while genuinely their own, are uninspiring and even boring - they're the type that can be heard at local rock clubs by house bands who travel 20 to 25 miles at most for a gig, yet dream of stardom. My advice to Pray For The Soul Of Betty: Split up, each of you find a band with a genre more suited to your style, and beside sounding better, I think you'll be much more satisfied with your ability to showcase your talent (this only applies to the few that do have talent) - sorry, but the rest/most of you just need to find a new line of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD from Pray for the Soul of Betty is worth it! The tracks all sound amazing from beginning to end. Although it is different from the American Idol Constantine that all of America fell in love with, Constantine shows his classic rock side in what will be a huge hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't been able to listen to anything else but Pray for the Soul of Betty since I got it on the 10th! I knew Constantine was versatile but I had no idea. Cry and Truck Stop Sally are my favorite. The whole CD sounds just awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lot has been said and written about Constantine's hypnotic stares and their effect on female fans. What has been less discussed is his hypnotic voice. Perhaps because his power was all too obvious while looking at him. This cd is a hypnotic journey with Constantine and his band. Constantine has the rare gift to totally mesmerize his audience, whether they are watching or just listening. I don't know if these recordings were intended to be a theme. But the flow is theme-like. It's theme is urban, sexy, dark, moody and seductive. I am enjoying all of the cuts. Constantines vocals just suck me in. I have never been into hard rock at all. This is the very first hard rock album that I have ever totally listened to and enjoyed. I'm moving with the music. I've seen some criticisms about the lack of production value. I think this criticism is unfair since it is known that this isn't a professionally produced production with all of the slick bells and whistles that a heavily produced cd would include. To me, that is part of its charm. It's raw and you're getting the real deal. You're not getting production. You're getting real music without high tech tweaking to make up for the deficits of the performers. I highly recommend this cd to Con fans and to Con converts. I don't think you will be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Citing the influences of Rage Against the Machine, Incubus, Hendrix, Zeppelin and even Canada’s Rock Icon, Neil Young, Pray for the Soul of Betty launches their debut recording to the mass market this week. Band members Constantine Maroulis (vocals), Joao Joya (Guitar), Taylor C.R. (Bass) and Hamboussi (Drums) release their pre-American Idol album to unsuspecting audiences. Betty’s self titled album captures the energy and grit of your neighbour’s garage band. With strong bass and hypnotic rifs as a foundation, Maroulis belts out tunes like Rich B**** and Some of my F***** Up World with flawed perfection that gives the music personality. The solid instrumentals and vocals blend seemlessly and effortlessly from melodious ballads to overpowering angst-ridden cries. Truck Stop Sally, a ballad in the vein of Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got a Gun”, showcases Maroulis’ Idol worthy vocals in a song that leaves the listener yearning for a mosh pit or strip tease - as does the pulsating rhythm of most of the tracks on this disc. The one heart-wrenching love song is nothing of the sort – instead “Cry” is a song of defeat and relief. The cryptic lyrics of this album play like a Nirvana song, or Jim Morrison poetry: there is a deeper, hidden meaning in the words, but the harder you search for it, the farther it slips from your grasp. Reminiscent of the 90’s Grunge Rock, and perhaps leading us into a new form of Metal, Betty is edgy and gritty. Maroulis’ Idol fans be warned – this is a different side of the new pop Idol. It may frighten you at first, but it’s well worth the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The band is cool, but CONSTANTINE is the only reason that they have gotten anywhere. Constantine's AMAZING Voice could make any band sound great. Some nice songs, but all the vocals are awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lots of hard-driving basslines, wickedly sweet guitar solos and "The Voice" of American Idol, Constantine Maroulis, give a much-needed jolt to the rock music scene. Fresh and exciting! Keep 'em comin' Betty Boys! You rawk!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD absolutely delivered on its promise: Hard edged, intelligent and gripping. The songs, all written by Constantine Maroulis and the band, are formidable and powerful. The intricate, warm and sometimes raw vocals are pure Rock and performed masterfully. I can't get some of these songs out of my head! "Cry" and "Some of My **** Up World" are my favorites. I think a big part of the appeal is the words to the music. They are not repetitive but written with purpose and style. Creative genius and Rock at its best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great new band. Pray for the Soul of Betty has a wonderful Rock/Alternative sound that has been missing from the scene for some time now. Cry and Truck Stop Sally are totally awesome. These two songs just draw you in, both are a must to be played on repeat. Some of My ****** Up World is the best rock tune out in years. I highly recommend the CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it! Can't stop playing it. Constantine (and the other Betty boys) leave you wanting MORE!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is just something about this CD that makes me listen to it over and over again. I'm the type of person who doesn't like to hear the same thing too much, but Pray for the Soul of Betty is so addicting, I've had it in my cd player on repeat more than not. Each song is performed with such passion and soul, you can tell they love what they do, and do what they love. I have so much respect for the honesty of Betty's music. I really can't wait for them to make more of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually I'm a bit disappointed to hear some songs which are not upto my expection.But overall it is a must buy for Constantine's fans.I think it would be better for Constantine to go solo....He sounds better in soft rock song like,"BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY"which goes very well with his voice!! The best song in their album is "DRIFT" I't blows you out......very professional too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pray for the Soul of Betty's hard core music with awesome lyrics, will take you to a better place. The songs are edgy and raw. I could listen to this CD all day long, actually I do!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You MUST own this CD. Sultry lyrical genius and seductive sounds - true magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have the "ghetto" version and just bought the new cd and it is awesome. Betty rocks hard with well written lyrics and hard core music. Buy it, you will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pray for the Soul of Betty certainly has re-awakened my love for rock music! They're style is very different from other rock bands because they do not limit their music to one rock genre. Versatility is something that is lacking in many bands. 'Cry' which is somewhat slow and has a mainstream feel. 'Suicide' has such amazingly meaningful lyrics. 'The Day', 'Sylvan' and 'Drift' certainly fit the hard rock category. 'Truck Stop Sally' and 'Some of My F'd Up World' are fun to listen to. It's worth my every penny! Keep rock music alive!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought after reading the band's influences and all these reviews that this was going to be one of the better CDs I could've purchased this year. Not so much. The vocalist does a lot of screaming out of pitch, but the band is pretty rockin'. Even on the mellower vocals, the lead singer sounds pretty weak. If they found a new singer, I'd probably give them another listen. Not sure what all the Maroulis hype is about, because this hard rock fan just doesn't get it. I'll admit that I never watched American Idol, but based solely on this CD the guy is nothing special. In fact, he's a little grating to my ear. Chris Cornell, he's not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pray for the soul of betty definitly ROCKS OUT! I cannot put this C.D down, this band is sure to go far, for this awsome talent is rarely seen and is not to be thrown aside! American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis (on vocals) is exeptionally talented and is able to sing any genre of music but totaly ROCKS at Rock and Roll. I have not seen this kind of Talent for years and everyone who enjoys AWSOME rock should definitly take a good look at this C.D and Band. KEEP ROCKIN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this Debut album, Pray for the Soul of Betty really prove that they are here to rock, and they are here to stay!! These guys have attained Rock Perfection!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not normally a fan of hard rock but this CD is awesome! I was impressed by Constantine on American Idol so I thought I would give this band a try and I'm glad I did. I haven't stopped listening to it. My favorite songs are Cry, Drift and Truck Stop Sally. I think Cry could be a huge hit on radio. I highly recommend this CD. You won't be disappointed.