Beth Hart: Better Than Home

Hart wears her heart on her sleeve.

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After a lifetime of amazing opportunities dashed by personal turmoil, Better Than Home finds Beth Hart on an even keel and in a confessional frame of mind, with family at the forefront of her thoughts.

From the uncomfortable daddy issues of Tell Her You Belong To Me, to the paean to marriage of Mechanical Heart and the dewy-eyed piano ballad Mama This One’s For You, her heart is laid bare in a manner that just manages to avoid becoming cloying.

It helps, of course, that she has the kind of belting blues-rock voice that could bring down light aircraft, rocking up the more maudlin moments like fireworks at a wake./o:p


Emma has been writing about music for 25 years, and is a regular contributor to Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog and Louder. During that time her words have also appeared in publications including Kerrang!, Melody Maker, Select, The Blues Magazine and many more. She is also a professional pedant and grammar nerd and has worked as a copy editor on everything from film titles through to high-end property magazines. In her spare time, when not at gigs, you’ll find her at her local stables hanging out with a bunch of extremely characterful horses.