At least 100 times better than the version with synth. The piano really complements it. About all I can offer to improve it is instead of an almost pulsing bass, make it almost like a bass guitar, extending it over more counts and such. Idk, not my song. That's just what I'd do in this situation. But great work, man. I'm gonna actually pay for the upcoming CD. Maybe in your attempt to take a break in writing you'll really come up with something truly amazing like this again. It would be amazing. And also, try to actually get a decent label this time. XD
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.