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
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17