The Better World – Broken Memories
As if the people that are reading this blog didn’t know, I love hard rock music and will not deny it. But with that said, one thing that is definitely missing from the hard rock scene are bands that have meaningful lyrics and heart-felt melodies. Most of the music I listen to follows the same pattern, lets scream a bit and lets have some sweet guitar riffs here and there, I love it but I’m always looking for a band to throw something out that really catches my ear and makes me want to listen to it. It has definitely been awhile but I finally found that something in a 3-Piece band from Bergen County, New Jersey.
After selling out venues such as Rebel in NYC, The Better World decided to enlist some top notch people to help them make their sophomore album the best it could be, They pulled in Grammy-Winner Jason Corsaro (Buckcherry, Soundgarden) to help them record this and had Howie Weinberg (Creed, U2, Nirvana) master the whole thing. What they came out with in that studio has many memorable parts and unforgettable hooks. I hope you are ready New York, because The Better World is ready to dominate your venues once again with this album.
This album has 6 tracks on it, all of them offering you a slightly different view into the hearts and minds of these musicians. I think its safe to say that these guys have really honed their ability to make you feel what they were feeling when they wrote this song, and I must commend them for that, very few bands can accomplish that. With an album like this where all of the songs are good its very tough to pick out a few to talk about so onto the meat and potatoes.
The album starts out with the catchy hook-filled song “It’s Alright” with its almost pop chorus of “Its Alright, Its Alright, That Fucker Will Be Back Tomorrow. Its Alright, Its Alright, I’ll Be Alright”, after hearing that I was hooked, I knew that this album was going to be something I could listen to over and over. Lyrically, the song seems to tell a pretty good story, like I said earlier, I admire a band that can make you feel what they were feeling when they wrote the song, I would say this song is a perfect example of it.
“Counting The Days” is the 4th track off the album and the opening to the song pulls you in with “I Know This Wont Last Forever“, now if we were talking baseball I would say that the beginning of the track is like the wind-up, then they basically hurl an emotional brick at your face. Without being a lyrical genius or having been given the lyrics to the song itself it sounds like a song about a relationship, and from what it sounds like did not end too well. I know what you are thinking right now, most rock music has something to do with relationships, I know I get it, its an overdone topic but this song is still very good.
I was leaning back in my chair listening to this album the first time, just trying to absorb it. Aside from the lyrics this album is kind of light and floaty, then this song came on and I about tipped backwards out of my chair. “Only One” is the hardest song to come out on this CD and damn is it good. Matt starts out by delivering an almost staccato verse that really fits the song well. This is one of those songs that just delivers throughout the whole song, from the fast paced verses to the heart-felt chorus to the sweet solo that Matt throws into the middle of it. This song is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs on this album and in general as well.
In general I listen to a ridiculous amount of music, most of which I end up subjecting my wife to, asking her for her opinions on it just to see if there is a different angle I can come at an album from. For all of the music that I make her listen to this may very well be the very first album that she actually enjoyed. That right there should tell you something, someone that listens to only the Top 20 daily saying that they enjoy a rock album shows what I have been saying this entire article, this band knows how to make great heart-felt music.
I would like to thank the guys from The Better World for getting me a pre-release copy of their new album, I have to admit it was one of the best albums I have listened to all year. Keep up the awesome work guys.
The album will be available on July 26th, 2009 at Amazon, CDbaby, iTunes, Dig Station and Rhapsody
Broken Memories can be downloaded from iTunes or purchased at CDBaby
If you purchase the CD from one of the retailers, please review it so these guys can spread their music to the rest of the world.
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