BETTER is the second album for the altenative-pop singer/songwriter Allen Centeno. In this album, Allen created electronic beats along with native instruments. Its body of work is by now far from the debut album Touch Ground released in 2015 which was exclusively dark, mellow and acoustic. Although still retaining the sad-cored harmonics, the drum beats, the higher tones and a more pop approach on melodies now drive this album. BETTER as the word itself means progress but for Allen Centeno’s second album, it is also an irony. The singer/songwriter’s new body of work is by now far from the debut album Touch Ground released in 2015 which was exclusively dark, mellow and acoustic. Although still retaining the sad-cored harmonics, the drum beats, the higher tones and a more pop approach on melodies now drive this album. Lyrically speaking though, Allen Centeno still hasn’t found the “better” place. Sadness and pain are still carved on every word of the songs: no improvement on his broken heart.
BETTER is an album best listened to alone with the headphones. The harmonies, the instruments and the vocals seep through the ears and brain, taking the listeners to a two part story. The first half, presented with the intro, tells the story of Allen Centeno’s hardships on growing up into adulthood. The latter, which is introduced by the interlude, is about love, heart-breaks and telling his ex to fuck off.
The album is released along with an official video that depicts the contrast from music and lyrics. On one scene, Allen is trying hard to keep a smile on his face to fight off the sadness. On the other, he takes out his heart thinking he would be better off without it.
Allen Centeno, based in Milan, Italy, is an alternative-pop singer/songwriter. In 2015, he released his first experimental album entitled “Touch Ground”. His first single “Who Are You?” reached the top 50 on GooglePlay’s most downloaded song in Italy when it was released… and the rest is history.
Three singles were released to anticipate the album: Dark Water (2017, a declaration against homophobia, discrimination and racism), How To Forget A Fucker (April 2018, reached +66k streams on Spotify / +12k views on YouTube and counting) and Intoxicated (September 2018, reached +30k streams on Spotify).
1. From The Bones (INTRO)
3. These Monsters
4. Dark Water
5. Tragedy Boy
6. Blame Me
7. Grow Up (interlude)
8. Ruin/Fuck Up
9. How To Forget A Fucker
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