12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Always a lighthearted alternative to the brooding angst of the ‘90s grunge movement, the New Orleans trio Better Than Ezra continue to write and record breezy, catchy pop-rock songs that are bright on hooks and harmonies. For their eighth studio album, All Together Now, they worked with GRAMMY®-nominated mixer/producer Tony Hoffer (Fitz & The Tantrums, M83, Beck, Silversun Pickups) in his “magical room”: The Hobby Shop in Highland Park, Calif. While recording together in a room may seem the obvious way to do things, it isn’t always how records are made in the digital age. Leader Kevin Griffin insisted on having all the members there, and songs like “Crazy Lucky,” “Insane,” and “Sunflowers” thrive on the kinetic energy of having their rhythm section—bassist Tom Drummond and drummer Michael Jerome—working as one. Nearly every song features infectious “ohs” and lyrics designed to raise an eyebrow.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Always a lighthearted alternative to the brooding angst of the ‘90s grunge movement, the New Orleans trio Better Than Ezra continue to write and record breezy, catchy pop-rock songs that are bright on hooks and harmonies. For their eighth studio album, All Together Now, they worked with GRAMMY®-nominated mixer/producer Tony Hoffer (Fitz & The Tantrums, M83, Beck, Silversun Pickups) in his “magical room”: The Hobby Shop in Highland Park, Calif. While recording together in a room may seem the obvious way to do things, it isn’t always how records are made in the digital age. Leader Kevin Griffin insisted on having all the members there, and songs like “Crazy Lucky,” “Insane,” and “Sunflowers” thrive on the kinetic energy of having their rhythm section—bassist Tom Drummond and drummer Michael Jerome—working as one. Nearly every song features infectious “ohs” and lyrics designed to raise an eyebrow.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
139 Ratings
139 Ratings
Boulderdude ,

Spectacular Sound and Vocal Variety

This 8th album is a quality step back to the time and depth provided by BTE's critically acclaimed 1998 release - 'How Does Your Garden Grow.' The unique sound and vocal variety differentiate 'All Together Now' as a earnest effort to harness the musical breadth which has kept Ezralites coming back for more than 2 decades.

telecastertunes ,

Too Mainstream

This album is filled with cheesy lyrics, top 40 sample sounds, over-kill production, and songs that sound forced for airplay.

I miss the "Before The Robots" days. If "All Together Now" wasn't so layered in top 40 synth, claps, and other sounds that don't fit this band, this could have been a solid album. Drop the over production, guys! Rely on your instruments to make a good record again.

houstonbound69 ,

getting it done

the most under rated band out there continually reinventing music and showing their staying power. I bet this album will more than impress. if you want to be blow away—see them live.

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