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Better Than This
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Roots rock with a difference, Hadacol's Better Than This surveys a wide landscape of twangy rock & roll, pulling out musical allusions to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis piano, and Luther Perkins... more »
Roots rock with a difference, Hadacol's Better Than This surveys a wide landscape of twangy rock & roll, pulling out musical allusions to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Jerry Lee Lewis piano, and Luther Perkins guitar, and then rigging it all up to straightforward lyrics of unexpected vividness. Swerving between contented hope and a cynic's conviction that everything's forever screwed up, these 12 songs--built around four-piece rock but with occasional accents of mandolin, B-3, and pedal steel--each hit the highway in search of a reason to believe. "You got your tips and your graveyard shifts and I've got these seven bucks an hour," Hadacol sing on "Drive All Night," "but you know none of that really seems like a reason to stay." --David Cantwell
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It doesn't get any "Better Than This"
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow! Where has Hadacol been all my life? I just finished listening and I can still feel their Rock and Roll energy reverberating through me. "Better Than This" seems to have something for every music fan. Need to shake off the remnants of a long, hard day at work? Turn up the sound to "Messed up" or "It'll Work Out Fine" and feel the healing powers of Hadacol. Life got you down? At least you don't have a "Big Tornado" headed straight for your trailer; hell, even if you do, just crank up the volume, close your eyes and ride that baby out, Hadacol style! This is one twister warning you'll definitely look forward to hearing on your local radio station.I've heard a lot of records in my day, and this one reins supreme! I can't wait to hear more, and more, and more from this band. Hope that you all enjoy it as much as I do. Thanks, Hadacol!Devin Barnett"
The Perfect CD
E. Rogers | Kansas City, MO USA | 05/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I may be biased because one of the guys in the band is my neighbor, but these guys are great. See them live if you can. They do a great cover of Ring of Fire."
Solid Country Rock Album
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 10/18/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hadacol's "Better Than This" is a first rate alternative country album that unfortunately got lost in the shuffle somehow. These guys have a deft songwriting touch enlivened by a self-effacing sense of humor. The album's standout track is "Big Tornado," in which the twister of the title track serves as a metaphor for a relationship gone bad. Other excellent songs include the redneck anthem title track, the road romance of "Drive All Night," the rocker "What You Wanted," and "Poorer Than Dead." The rest of the material isn't quite as strong, but the whole album holds up well. Fans of fellow Missouri bands The Bottle Rockets and Nadine ought to be right at home with "Better Than This."Overall, an excellent alternative country album that deserves a wider audience."