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Way Better Now

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1.
Sirens 06:10
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
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Accident 03:33
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
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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
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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
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Tell Me No 04:05
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
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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
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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
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Less Than Ok 03:30
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
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No Drama 03:06
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
10.
Final Wall 04:28
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

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FORMATS: LP [Limited Edition] / CD Digipak / Digital Album

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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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