Rainer Maria
A Better Version of Me
Jan 23, 2001

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Rainer Maria spent nearly two years writing and touring to create this transitory third album. After mastering the interplay between girl/boy vocals, A Better Version of Me saw Kaia Fischer concentrating more on guitar while Caithlin de Marrais became the primary lyricist.

With A Better Version of Me, Rainer Maria completed a dramatic arc that no one had realized was forming over the course of the previous two albums. Refusing to be pigeon-holed as "couples rock," the band consciously wrote the album as a sound of solitudes circling one another, just as the poet Rilke described.

Songs

  • 1
    Artificial Light (3:40)
  • 2
    Thought I Was (3:16)
  • 3
    Ceremony (4:20)
  • 4
    The Seven Sisters (6:11)
  • 5
    Save My Skin (5:12)
  • 6
    The Contents of Lincoln's Pockets (4:19)
  • 7
    Atropine (6:34)
  • 8
    Spit and Fire (4:28)
  • 9
    Hell and High Water (3:45)

Reviews

A soaring mesh of indie-rock sounds, rough and tussled yet polished and sparkling.
Columbus Alive

Better Version is a collection of songs that's more hopeful than tortured, guitar textures that are more edgy than somber and a rhythm section that's big enough to power a full band.

Magnet

This is another amazing album put out by a band that creates nothing but intensely personal music filled with passion and inner reflection.

Generation

Rainer Maria have proven that they're one of the most important artists making music today.

DIW

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