Way Better Now

by SPEEDMARKET AVENUE

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It’s hard to imagine a better declaration of principles than the first phrase that you read on the website of the Swedes SPEEDMARKET AVENUE; it’s a self-definition which goes as follows “a pop music collective led by a little guy who looks like a cross between Charles Manson and Marc Bolan.” The fact of the matter is that this Swedish band is going to be, without a doubt, one of the musical references of 2008 for all POP lovers in capital letters, with a perfect concept of melody, putting them in the same ballpark as THE AISLERS SET and THE FAIRWAYS; jangle-pop with precious wind arrangements, played with freshness and emotion. Their second album, “Way Better Now,” produced by Jari Haapalainen (member of HEIKKI and THE BEAR QUARTET, but also producer of ED HARCOURT, INTERNATIONAL NOISE CONSPIRACY, THE CONCRETES and CAMERA OBSCURA, with whom these Swedes collaborated on their last album, “Let’s Get Out of This Country” ) is a demonstration of inspiration of a band able to aim in the same way the girl-groups of the 50’s did (THE RONETTES in “The State of Harmony”) and the shoegazers (“Sirens” evokes memories of SLOWDIVE), managing immediately with intelligent melodies, intensity and textures ("Way better now," "Accident" and "Don’t fall in love" are inevitable singles). In conclusion, similar as to how one can read a book over and over again in different ways, the new CD allows the listener to apply his or her own form of listening to the album: the patient way, the urgent, immediate, energetic or melancholic way...This richness is what makes the second album of SPEEDMARKET AVENUE so grand.

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released April 30, 2008

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Track Name: Sirens
Yet evening, still dreaming, a silence in my head
The people, all talking, their words won’t reach my bed

I’ve stopped now, the running, repeating inaudible words
The theories, all covers, the restless hunt disturbs

The young me, the one you see, screamed with all her might
The young me, the soon-to-be, screamed with all her might
Sure of what was right

Yet evening, still bleeding, sirens in my head
Late thinkers, all twisted, their printed thoughts turn red
Yet evening, not leaving, as days and nights go by
No lessons, no questions until their echoes die

The young me, the one you see, screamed with all her might
The young me, the soon-to-be, screamed with all her might
Sure of what was right
Track Name: Accident
I’m seeing ghosts all around
While preparing for the sign
Night after night wide awake but no no

I didn’t hear the alarm
I wasn’t taken by his charm
Suddenly all alone

Jump out my window tonight
I’ll fly and symbolize the fright
Don’t pretend it was an accident

Where did everybody go
I tried to reach them but no
I can’t dance by myself, no no

Here they come, sure I am wrong
Shallow minds ride upon
Take a stand, who belongs and who does not

Jump out my window tonight
I’ll fly and symbolize the fright
Don’t pretend it was an accident
Don’t treat me like an accident
Track Name: Way Better Now
Is that the follower you’re so frightened of
Oh no I left him I’m way better now
Is that the mom you’re growing a copy of
Oh no I left her I’m way better now

Is that your symbol for a true friendship then
Oh no I left that I’m way better now
Is that your brother fighting for acceptance then
Oh no I left him I’m way better now

Regret the wait and see, I wasn’t sure, was it me
Radical decisions they require repeat
Turned out to be
The most accomplished one you left them all behind
Accomplished one you left them all behind

Is that the moral code you still care about
Oh no I left that I’m way better now
Is that the former love you’re concerned about
Oh no I left her/him I’m way better now
Track Name: Don't Fall In Love
Don’t fall in love, don’t fall in love, don’t fall
Don’t fall in love, don’t fall in love, don’t fall
I thought we once agreed to stand up tall

Don’t break my heart, don’t break my heart in two
Don’t break my heart, I’ll stay away from you
I’ll stay away from you, don’t break my heart
Listen to your brother, he’s sure smart
Listen to the one who knows the art

What did you become away from me?
What are you awaiting endlessly?
Now when you’re so sick you’re soon to die
(There’s) nothing left for you to lose but time

Oh your heart is on the floor
Tainted blood an open sore
You'd better call off uk tour
Oh your heart is on the floor
Tainted blood ask for more
You'd better walk right out that door

You, the constantly ignored
Find a path you can afford
Should have found it way before

Believe, believe, believe
I’m scared but used to be
Convinced by history
Listen to your brother, he’s sure smart
Listen to the one who knows the art
Track Name: Tell Me No
I am spoiled
Without I know
Time never ends
And my days

And my arms
If they move
They hit hard
Give proof

Go ahead
Walk to bed
Play that game
Instead

Though I know
I have to go
They will show
Tell me no
Tell me no
Tell me no
Tell me no
Track Name: The State Of Harmony
So this is the one
So this is the one
I’m not afraid I do not know how
I’m not afraid I do not know love
I’m not afraid how can I fall and fall and fall

I don’t fight the worst in me
I don’t fight the constancy
Unlike goths I now believe
That I prefer to be in this state of harmony

Supporter of chaotic history?
Don’t tell me I won’t listen that’s not me
I’m not afraid to leave what once was me
I now appreciate a sense of decency
I’m not afraid I do know who I was
Don’t tell me I won’t listen it will last
I’m not afraid remember who I was
Don’t tell me I won’t listen it will last
Track Name: Enlightened & Left-Wing Indeed
Compulsive and needy I’ve heard
Are you’re sure he is someone to love
Controlling, demanding I’ve heard
Are you’re sure he is someone to love

Obsessive possessive I’ve heard
And you’re sure he is someone to love
He wanted to change you I’ve heard
And you’re sure he is someone to love

Someone you love to believe
After all he is pure honesty
Someone you love to believe
After all he is pure honesty

He will confront you when you fail
He will look after what you say
You can’t believe he cried for days
When you finally said you’re on your way

Someone who will never understand you
Someone who will never let you glow
Someone who will think he can decide for you
Someone who will never let you go

He will confront you when you fail
He will look after what you say
You can’t believe he cried for days
When you finally said you’re on your way

He will reveal you when you hide
He’ll take away your sense and pride
You can’t believe he cried and cried and cried

You can’t believe he plead your case
Or taking off your clothes and face
You can’t believe you cried for days
Track Name: Less Than Ok
You call me afraid do you want me to stay, well don’t talk
You call me afraid do you want me to stay, well don’t talk
You call me afraid what if so? allow me, I got to go
Spare me your wisdom I didn’t come up to say no

I’m less than ok so dont scare me away with that talk
I’m less than ok so dont scare me away with that talk
You call me afraid, what if so? allow me, I got to go
Spare me your wisdom I didn’t come up to say no

What do you want me to say: ”confirm me i’m scared but ok”
What more do you want us to do, I followed you up it fell through
I’m tired it’s needless to stay, consider this hook-up a fail
Of course there is noone like you, the something we had, it fell through
The something we had it fell through

You call me afraid, what if so?
Allow me, I got to go, I got to go, I got to go
Track Name: No Drama
Miss me don’t follow it’s cold where I’m at

There’s no way for me to tell now
Just go on noone to blame
Too absurd I can’t explain how
Just go on no time to blame
We’ve been apart and I am proud now
You and I forever tied

I can not wake up I’m already gone

There’s no way for me to tell now
Just go on noone to blame
Too absurd I can’t explain how
Just go on no time to blame one another
We’ve been apart and I am proud now
You and I forever tied to each other
Not lonely islands

When death comes around
You’re alone with your mind
You’ve got no time for drama just grief

When death comes around
You’re alone with your mind
You’ve got no time for hassle just grief
No drama no hassle just grief
Track Name: Final Wall
I realize
I analyze
I criticize
You and yours

I dramatize
You dramatize
I criticize
Me and mine

I think I have to start now
Accept the one you are
I think I have to start now
Accept the one you are
You’ll surely find a new friend
Nowhere else to go
You’ll surely find a new friend
Nowhere else to go

A minor fall
A wake up call
A final wall
Us and ours

I think I have to start now
Accept the one you are
I think I have to start now
Accept the one you are
You won’t pretend to keep me
Nowhere else to go
You won’t pretend to keep me
Nowhere else to go