Better Off Alone is about as far away from Alice Deejay's
similarly titled track as it is possible to get.
There's no danceable beats here at all. Instead we get a solid Mo Tucker-style drum rumble (not a
massive shock seeing as the band take their name from a Velvets song) and a
Jim Morrison drawl that bemoans the lack of whisky. Better Off Alone
is truly evocative of all things exciting in American rock circa 1968.
Of course it's not 1968 anymore, so are The Black Angels a complete
irrelevance? Not at all. If a bluesy drone gets you in the mood, then you
won't find a band more likely to get you going. Nowhere is this more evident
than on the live b-side Yesterday Always Knows. Awash with feedback
and an ominous droning from the keyboards Jennifer Raines Yesterday Always
Knows succeeds in creating a psyched up, tripped out mood.
Better Off Alone might be a good track, but it would appear that the
studio has quashed the real fire of this band, and that in the live arena
they're capable of so much more.