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J. Cole - Lost Ones

Monday, January 3, 2011

Better Than Ezra - Deluxe

Rock style jam bands can be a ton of fun to listen to. I think many of us have gone around the horn on bands like BNL, Black Keys or other fun rock artists. Heck, even seeing Hootie and the Blowfish just go to town for a few minutes was a fun night. Better Than Ezra is in that type of category. I never really listened to a ton by them, but I do recall seeing them live once - and they were just fun to listen to while they jammed away. These guys formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana back in the late 80's. They were busy doing some really local, small shows when tragedy struck in 1990. Their lead guitarist committed suicide and put the band in total shock. They hadn't seen any major radio play when they dropped this album back in 1992 on their own private label. The track 'Good' started gaining momentum around the US, so the major label 'Elektra' decided to pick them up. So this is technically their second release, after dropping 'Sunrise' on their own private label as well. This being the first studio recording, and going 1x platinum in the US. Not great sales for an album with pretty big singles, but that happens. I'm not going to go out on a limb and say this album is amazing or anything - but it's a pretty easy listen. While I don't find their music to have a ton of quality in terms of the other bands I mentioned above - they do have a certain air about them that makes them fun to put on for an hour. I'd probably see them live again too - if they're still touring. I'm completely unfamiliar with more recent stuff, so I'll check that out soon. Until then, put on an oldie.

1. In the Blood
2. Good
3. Southern Gurl
4. Killer Inside, The
5. Rosealia
6. Cry in the Sun
7. Teenager
8. 8
9. Summerhouse
10. Porcelain
11. Heaven
12. This Time of Year
13. Coyote

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. In The Blood
2. Good
3. Rosealia

3 out of 5 stars


  1. only song i know is 'good,' and it is good! *rimshot* haha.....

    i would have put 'good' in a top 90s list. it's one of those that all kids who listened to radio in the 90s should know.

  2. You'd recognize a couple other songs too...

    Desperately Wanting and Extra Ordinary come to mind. Check 'em out.

    Ehh...the song is just kinda bland.

  3. no, i meant on this album. dude, i have 'desperately wanting' on my 90s playlist.