01. My California
02. Life Is Calling
03. Happiness....Any Day Now
04. Love Is The Hardest
05. Bad Love Is Good Enough
07. Sister Heroine
08. Take It Easy On Me
09. Like You (and everyone else)
10. Everybody Is Sober
11. Weight Of The World
12. Oh Me Oh My
Beth Hart has been through almost everything. She's tasted the sweetness of success, topping the Billboard charts, and she has clung on to a bottle laying in the gutter. She has been betrayed by her own mind and she has felt the bliss of mental balance. For periods of time, that is.
Every one of Beth's platinum-selling albums documents the rollercoaster-ride, that is her life, but it is with the live-performances Beth cements her ability to move people. She sings with rawness and intensity as if life itself was at stake with an appeal that makes everyone in the audience feel the fraying of the mind behind.
This willingness to put herself at risk performing live was exactly what appealed to the Danish producer Rune Westberg. What he, on the other hand, didn't understand was why Beth's earlier albums didn't reflect the same honesty all the way through. So he asked Beth Hart to jump into the fire and stay there during a whole album - without changing styles from one song to the next, without using alter egos and without always having to scream with animal savagery.
This is something that terrified Beth. "I was convinced the album would be boring as hell, and I told Rune, that while we were doing this album, I would also record a hard rock album I could use as back-up, when this one turned out to be shit".
But as it turned out there was no need for a back-up album. Soon after they started recording, Beth realized that her own naked self was far more inspiring and interesting than jumping from one disguise to the next.
"My California" are stories from life. Beth's life.
There is no doubt that Beth Hart and Rune Westberg have found something really special.
The track Sister Heroine features Slash on guitar. ~cdwow.com