Independent Australia: Better Than Home album review



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Beth Hart: Better Than Home


For those unfamiliar with Beth Hart, she has been writing and playing music for more than 20 years after getting her start on Ed McMahon’s Star Search. When her 1999 album Screamin’ For My Supper broke big she was playing Janis Joplin in an off-Broadway musical, which is a pretty damn good bit of casting in my opinion. Beth has performed in front of the Obamas, collaborated with artists from Joe Bonamassa to Slash and covered one of the most moving songs of all time, the Etta James track I’d Rather Go Blind.


Beth also holds the dubious honour of being the very first ‘rock star’ that I interviewed when I decided to do this music writing thing. Charming and gracious, Beth was happy to discuss how her big break came via classic teen soapie Beverly Hills 90210, her struggles with drug addiction and her approach to making music. If you can ignore the somewhat inane questions from yours truly, it’s an interesting interview that you can check out here.


Better Than Home is Beth’s seventh studio album, a collection of soulful tracks with the overarching theme of making peace with the past. With a slightly more subdued vibe compared to previous album Bang Bang Boom Boom, Better Than Home still includes foot-stompers like Trouble and the upbeat Might As Well Smile.


With a depth of songwriting talent and an amazing voice, Beth Hart takes a troubled life and turns it into beautiful music. Highly recommended.


Best tracks: Mechanical Heart, Trouble, Better Than Home


Sample Lyric: ‘I am not chasing the ghosts of the past.’ (Better Than Home)


Verdict: 9/10 — another exceptional album from one of the best voices of a generation.


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