Volume 96, Issue 93
Wednesday, March 26, 2003

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Ever not that clear

Everclear
Slow Motion Daydream
Capitol Records



Rundown: Everclear is not a very good band. They have never been good, have never contributed any sort of creativity to popular music or even tried anything interesting or different. Instead, they just keep churning out the same, boring CDs with the same, boring, three-chord, cheesy nostalgic songs about a fabricated, carefree, fun-in-the-sun kind of life that they probably never had. They are a top 40 band who wishes (and likes to pretend) they had a part in the grunge movement. Slow Motion Daydream is identical to all their previous CDs and the people who will buy it are the same people who think FM96 is a great radio station.

Key Tracks: Lead singer Art Alexakis likes to publicly declare that he was once a heroin junkie and used to live a rough life. Now he's over 40 and makes a lot of money, but for some reason, he still romanticizes the life he had when he was 20-something and living on the edge. He actually seems to believe he's still living that angst-filled life, judging by songs such as "I Want to Die a Beautiful Death." "Sunshine (That Acid Summer)" is more nostalgia about his good ol' tripped-out days – sample lyric: "That acid summer, we were wasted and happy, we were wasted in the sunshine (repeat 10x)."

Sounds Like:
–Every other Everclear record, or for that matter, every top 40 "rock" band
–Old has-beens trying to prove they're still cool
–Beating a dead horse
–A CD that is better as a frisbee


–Jessica Burgess

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