Bluesy Melodicism Ushers Beth Hart Back
Los Angeles songstress Beth Hart makes her way back with the release of her latest album, Better Than Home. Leaving her tumultuous past behind, Hart’s new music is focused on what the future brings and staying optimistic no matter what is left to be seen.Marked by bluesy tambourine sounds, guitar strumming and melodious drumming, “Might As Well Smile” is soulful and the perfect start to the album. Through lyrics like “I woke up this morning with a smile on my face, without warning my fear was erased,” Hart fosters a great connection with her listeners because it humanizes her in the opening track.
Hart’s vibrato as she delivers the hook on to “Tell ‘Em to Hold On” adds a level of intimacy. She demonstrates her range as she hits the high notes with little effort. This song is about the need for a savior or something to continue to give you hope. The piano helps elevate “Tell ‘Em to Hold On” and the optimism it conveys. It is a great go-to track when the going gets hard and everything seems bleak.
“If you want to know me again. If you want to love me, just take me home.” With this power chorus, “Tell Her You Belong to Me” makes its way toward your heart strings. The imagery she creates in this smooth tune demonstrates how unrequited love feels when the other person does not feel the same way, but that does not mean you should give up. “Tell Her You Belong to Me” is comparable to Adele’s “One and Only” as they both document the desire to have their love interest respond to them.
“Trouble” and “The Mood that I’m In” are upbeat and add levity to Better Than Home. “Trouble” is a feisty tune that is a blend of rock and blues. Hart’s commanding vocals are fiery with rebellion. The other song, “The Mood that I’m In,” delineates the various things that could remind you of that certain someone you love or love to hate, as well as the effect that person has on your life. The beat created by the lively guitar and drums alone just make you want to dance to this track or turn it up in the car. Both melodies pair well as one possibly gives listeners a clue into the songstress’ personality and the other focuses on how that personality is tested by the person she cannot get out of her head.
Better Than Home is 10 methodical and reflective tracks through which Hart expresses her fears, desires, and growth as an individual. With this album, listeners can reconnect and relate to Hart as she covers a range of subject matter through her music. It is a great listen for first-time Hart listeners and devoted fans.