Ada Jane have a sound all their own. After three albums as the Matt Marka Band, the band’s first album under its new moniker stretches out in all kinds of directions, yet contains a surprising cohesiveness. There are blistering rockers (the Kings of Leon-ish blues workout “You’ll Never Be Satisfied”), yearning ballads (the dark “Everybody Else Bailed,” featuring lovely backing vocals by Larissa Anderson), and even bouncy pop (“The Wayside”).
Yet despite the variety, the songs are tied together by Marka’s pleasingly ragged voice and a guitar style that impeccably fills in just the right blanks in every song. Though the tempo slows throughout, Never Been Better never loses a listener’s interest, holding a consistent mood and consistently high quality throughout its 11 tracks.
-review from Playback STL by Jason Green