Before the Robots

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Before the Robots
Studio album by Better Than Ezra
Released April 4, 2005 (International)
April 5, 2005 (United States)
Recorded 2005
Genre Alternative
Length 51:55
Label Artemis/IndieBlu/Song
Producer BTE, Ethan Allen
Better Than Ezra chronology
Greatest Hits
(2005)
Before the Robots
(2005)
Paper Empire
(2009)
Singles from Before the Robots
  1. "A Lifetime"
    Released: 2005
  2. "Our Last Night"
    Released: 2005
  3. "Juicy"
    Released: 2006
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Before the Robots is the studio follow-up album to Better Than Ezra's 2001 studio release Closer and debut album on Artemis Records. It was released on April 4, 2005, internationally and a day later in North America.

The band enjoyed their biggest success since 1996's Friction, Baby on the reworked single "A Lifetime," which first appeared on 2001's Closer. The tracks "A Southern Thing" and "Our Last Night" also gained some radio airplay. Additionally, the album track "Juicy" was the featured music in promotions for the second season of the ABC series Desperate Housewives.

Prior to the album's release, the band offered to autograph all copies of the album pre-ordered through their website.

The album title reportedly came to the band's drummer Travis McNabb in a dream. He dreamt of seeing a UK buzz band called Before the Robots. The next day, he asked fellow band members if there was such a band. Upon finding out there was not, they decided to adopt the phrase for this album's title.

On January 22, 2010, American country-pop singer Taylor Swift covered "Breathless" at a performance at the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief event, a charity telethon to benefit the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Swift has also been known to cover "Our Last Night" at many of her concerts.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kevin Griffin.

No. Title Length
1. "Burned"   3:41
2. "Daylight"   3:54
3. "A Lifetime"   3:27
4. "It's Only Natural"   4:16
5. "Overcome"   5:22
6. "Special"   4:03
7. "American Dream"   3:39
8. "Our Last Night"   4:12
9. "A Southern Thing"   4:02
10. "Juicy"   3:53
11. "Hollow"   3:30
12. "Our Finest Year"   4:21
13. "Breathless"   3:35
Total length:
51:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Kevin Griffin - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
  • Tom Drummond - Bass
  • Travis Aaron McNabb - Drums

Additional Personnel[edit]

  • Greg Collins - Engineer
  • Mark Mullins - Trombone
  • Eric Lucero - Trumpet
  • Jon Gros - B3 Organ, Whirly, Rhodes
  • Jason Hill - Background Vocals
  • Brian Karzcig - Background Vocals