BETTY GOES GREEN "Dreamers & Lovers" (2000, B-track/Zomba, BTR00C3)
Songs (Click the -icons
for some small realaudio-samples)
2. Everyone's fab
3. Fiesta sforzando
4. Debbie something
5. Who makes the bubble burst?
6. Dreamers & Loves
7. R U A * ?
9. Space Monkeys
12. It's so
All songs Betty Goes Green
- Luc Crabbe : vocals - guitar
- Joe Bacart : drums
- Tony Gezels : bass
- Johan Ancaer : guitar
- Nathalie Duyver : keyboard, vocals
- Bart Maris : trumpet
- Michel Paré : trumpet
- Jan Noerens : saxophone
- Wim Schoup : trombone
Produced by Luc Crabbe
Recorded at Luna Barn Studio, Ternat, Belgium
Sleeve design : PuPiL
When asked by the magazine Rif-Raf whether he was satisfied about this album,
the sixth since the conception of Betty
Goes Green, Luc Crabbe responded with "I think it's the best album
we've ever done. It's the most coherent, it has a sense of unity, and there's
more melody in it." Sadly enough, it was also packaged in what must be
the ugliest albumcover of the year, and there are not enough songs on it that
- as Betty Goes Green has proved in the past - have a chance of getting through
to the collective memory. The only chance at that - as Steve Wynn proved by humming
the melody when he was interviewed at Marktrock - it the song "Major Crush".
For the first time since ages, "Dreamers & Lovers" is not an album
that can be promoted by the "my producer is very famous", not
even by the "my label is very big" promotion machinery. No Mike
Rathke anymore, no Sony, but a return to the modest B-Track and recorded in their
own home studio. With Luc Crabbe behind the mixing desk, in the producers chair,
on the microphone, and on the mix. He even wrote the songs, but the credits for
that go to the entire group. On about four songs there's a brass section called
in to spice up the mix, but they don't sparkle.
Betty goes Green has been going for almost 10 years, and somewhere in that period
it got hidden in the cracks of Belgian rock, and now have to get by without much
media-attention. That has te be attributed less on them (the CD's they have made
indeed have improved in quality and consistency over the years), than on the fact
that the "boom" of hip & fresh popbands has gloriously surpassed them
along the way. To accuse them of "standing still" would not be entirely right,
but don't expect any new tricks or breaks or beats or an adventurous quest into
the future of music from Betty Goes Green. Just 12 nicely cut songs that attempt
to get respect. And respect we have, for the catchy hook of "Major Crush",
for the beautiful climaxes of "More", for the nice chorus of "Wow"
and for the intense "Who makes the bubble burst?". The rest'll
have to do with a little less.
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This Album in the Press
- Dirk Steenhaut in Metro (De Morgen) : "Sony heeft hen inmiddels
aan de deur gezet, maar dat laten deze Belgen geenszins aan hun hart komen ...
Dat leidt tot aardige gitaarpop, af en toe gekruid met blazers".
- webzine 6Bears "Betty
goes Green démontre une nouvelle fois qu'ils ont de qui tenir. Un album
de choix qui offre aux fans la possibilité de découvrir un groupe
qui va en évoluant tandis que les autres découvriront plus simplement
une formation belge à suivre de très près. Une oreille attentive
se doit d'être jetée juste pour découvrir qu'en Belgique,
il se passe encore des choses du côté du rock calibré pop."
- Dave Peters in Uptomusic
: "De mensen van Betty Goes Green lijken soms net iets te hard hun best
te doen om aanstekelijke poprock te fabriceren. Dan liever een spontane song zonder
franjes als 'Who Makes the Bubble Burst' die je met z'n neerslachtige sluimerpop
meesleurt met de stroming."
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