Closer - Better Than Ezra
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  • Summary: This is the fourth album for the New Orleans-based trio. It is their first release on indie Beyond Music, after being dropped by Elektra for disappointing sales.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. 90
    Closer is classic BTE: hopeful melodies, lead singer Kevin Griffin's uniquely sweet voice, enough pop to make you sing along and smile but thoroughly substantial and rewarding.
  2. These days they sound like Hootie & the Blowfish shot through with Viagra.
  3. The most natural and best record they've ever made.
  4. The hip-hop of "Recognize" and "Extra Ordinary" won't age well, but there are better moments... [24/31 Aug 2001, p.136]
  5. 60
    There are a few winners here among the brick-and-mortar alt-flak -- which the band is wholeheartedly capable of as well...
  6. Unfortunately, this newest attempt at expanding the group's musical horizons is more a lateral move than a vertical one, and the same problems that have plagued Better Than Ezra since Deluxe -- mawkish, derivative material -- undermine this effort as well.
  7. If the CD player is programmed to just skip a couple of songs, then one can believe that Better Than Ezra really did hop off of a major label and create the assured album they've always wanted to make.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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  1. KristiM
    Nov 25, 2002
    10
    Closer is the epitome of excellent, Kevin's words are incredible and the music is sensational. there are some fun summertime type of songs and some beautiful ones dealing with life anew and death and dying. This is so highly recommended!!!!! Expand
  2. JonathanP.
    Aug 29, 2002
    10
    BTE continues to put out excellent music, even after almost 15 years. I think everyone should buy this cd- it will not disappoint!
  3. TeresaF
    Apr 27, 2005
    10
    Awesome album
  4. DerekC
    Mar 7, 2003
    10
    Great CD...one where at the end it leaves you asking, "Is it over already?"
  5. em
    Mar 13, 2005
    10
    awesome! just awesome!
  6. Michael
    Apr 14, 2005
    10
    Great Album
  7. DaveS.
    Oct 12, 2001
    9
    By far their most solid album start to finish. The album has some great radio-friendly songs and should have Elektra wishing they had dropped someone else. Expand

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