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beautiful addiction

by steve roth

Adult alternative, indy folk rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What It's Like
5:49 $0.99
2. Beautiful Addiction
5:31 $0.99
3. Thinking of Susan
4:45 $0.99
4. Telegraph Road
3:31 $0.99
5. Tattoo
4:37 $0.99
6. Give It Up
4:19 $0.99
7. Cry An Ocean
3:58 $0.99
8. Here In My Heart
4:14 $0.99
9. Save Me
2:57 $0.99
10. Wish I Could Be With You
3:06 $0.99
11. What I Want
3:53 $0.99
12. What It's Like (Stripped)
5:49 $0.99
13. Give It Up (Naked)
4:54 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


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Winner of 2004 Buffalo Music Awards
"Top Original Acoustic Solo"
Nominated 2005 Buffalo Music Awards
Nominated ArtVoice Best of Buffalo 2005 & 2006
Also chosen as one of the top 10 local/independant releases of 2004 By NightLife Magazine.

(These songs are also available for individual downloading at, MusicNet, and others.)

beautiful addiction: an overview

What it is:

Beautiful Addiction is 13 tracks, (eleven songs plus two "live in the studio" acoustic cuts), of original music by Steve Roth, an independent singer-songwriter from Buffalo, New York. The project was co-produced with award-winning producer and engineer, Armand John Petri, whose recording and production credits include The Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, and Sixpence None the Richer.

What it's like:

"I call it 'neo-bohemian'," says Roth. The disc is acoustic guitar driven rock, reminiscent of the early 70's with elements of the 90's Seattle coffeehouse scene, and the edgy sophistication of 21st century writing and production. Overall, it can be described as an organic mix of modern rock/acoustic pop.

"What It's Like" opens up with early Rolling Stones style percussion and Tom Petty-like electric slide guitar. The title track features industrial bass lines, a haunting and distorted violin solo, and CSN-esque harmonies.

The project also showcases a delicate, finger-style, singer-songwriter presence. "Cry an Ocean" creates a texture akin to Clapton's Tears in Heaven; "Tattoo" is a minimalist nod to the exotic and hypnotic, a la Sting; and "Wish I Could Be With You" shares the big, empty spaces of Dave Matthews' Some Devil.

The flavorings of alt-country can be heard in "Telegraph Road" and "Save Me."

Yet, Beautiful Addiction is not a collection of different styles. There's a common thread of acoustic guitar, organic percussion, and vocal that weave through all the songs, making them a cohesive unit that fit together like the pieces of a simple puzzle.

Song structure and percussion have drawn comparisons to the I Am Sam soundtrack, as well as acoustic cuts by the Goo Goo Dolls, Counting Crows, Indigo Girls, Seventy-Sevens and Michael Knott.

What it's about:

"The songs look at love, life, and faith in some state of crisis or uncertainty. Or euphoria," explains Roth. "There's tension but, it's a beautiful tension; like a weird attraction to the sacred and the profane, all at the same time and somehow it makes sense."

The album is an examination and celebration of life's highs, lows, mysteries and incongruities. Think along the lines of U2, Johnny Cash and Dashboard Confessional.

It's moody and melancholy but not without hope. It's metaphorical, poetic and intensely personal. It's something we all feel, relate to and live with.



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The CD is great.........unconventional music that is very enjoyable to listen to.

Matt & Angela Brown

Great vocals and guitar, in one awesome CD!
We love seeing Steve in person, this CD really captures some of Steve's best songs. Listen for the beautiful voice of Meredith Brown in 'Thinking of Susan', one of my favorites on this CD. - Matt, (Unofficial Steve Roth fan site!)

michael in nashville

i saw it live in a tiny joint last night....f'n blown away...our city is flooded with junk! this guy has it all.....what a wonderful gift he gave us.true lyrical and music lovers grab a bottle and melt.

michael in nashville

i saw it live in a tiny joint last night....f'n blown away...our city is flooded with junk! this guy has it all.....what a wonderful gift he gave us.true lyrical and music lovers grab a bottle and melt.

Ben Davis

Great Cd!
This cd is unique, it's an orignal work of art by Steve. I highly recommend that you go to one of Steve Roth's show and or buy "Beautiful addiction"! Good luck to Steve Roth, and keep it RoCkIn! -Ben(

Steve Roth, Colorado Springs

I like it
For a guy with my name, he's doing pretty good. I like the music and would love to hear more of it.

Marlene Tucholski

At the time I purchased this CD, I was only familiar with Beautiful Addiction.
I was happy to discover that the entire CD is great (that doesn't always happen).
Thanks Steve!
Hope to see you in concert in the Buffalo area.

Håkon Rehaug Roth

This CD is awsome!!! I hope he makes more!!!
My dad (Steve Roth) rocks on the guitar and his cd is should be known world wide!!! When I grow up i want to be just like my dad!!!

Meredith Brown

Full of catchy riffs and lyrics that just make sense, he's able to keep these so
This album captures the honest emotions that we all feel. I can definately relate to these heartfelt songs that say it better than I could even think them up. Steve does not hesitate to reveal these emotions through his lyrics and his (at times) frail and vulnerable vocals as heard on track 10 (Wish I Could Be With You).

Steve hits it strong with Telegraph Road, and Susan, my personal favs. Full of catchy riffs and lyrics that just make sense, he's able to keep these songs running through my head all day.

Yeah, oh yeah, this album just totally rocks.

Pete Steiner

This collection is melancholy, broken, whole, powerful and thoroughly original!
Steve Roth's new CD is a complex mixture of broken bones,
broken hopes, broken promises and unspoken dreams.

The store review, which compares Roth's music to the work
of other artists, does him no favors. These songs (and
their author) need no comparison. Steve Roth is not an
"early Clapton" or a "journeyman Sting". He is a highly
original singer/songwriter. Listen for -that-, and forget
the hype.

Click on the links, take a quick sample, and KNOW that
I've told the truth. You'll be glad that you did!
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