Everclear offers a variety
Vol. Two: Good Time for a Bad Attitude
By Rattaya Nimibutr
Daily Cougar Staff
When musicians release a new album, there
is a showcase of progress in their music. The music and lyrics combined
portray a reinvention of their work.
Vol. Two: Good Time for a Bad Attitude,
radio-friendly Everclear's second installment in its Songs from an American
Movie, offers music that shows clearly this band's reinvention of itself
since its first album, Sparkle and Fade.
The three members of Everclear, consisting
of lead singer and guitarist Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya on bass and vocals
and Greg Eklund on drums and vocals, emerged into the music scene with
the attractive rock track "Santa Monica."
Progressing far from being another one-hit
wonder, the band released So Much for the Afterglow, offering the
hits "I Will Buy You a New Life" and "Father of Mine."
This album, however, had offered a change
in the band's sounds. It was no longer a hard-rocker like the first album.
The music had become a bit more poppy and more radio-friendly.
Frank Ockenfels/ Capitol
an album of pop, hard rock and mellow sounds in the second installment
of Songs From An American Movie titled Vol. Two: Good Time For
A Bad Attitude.
And that was the ingredient Everclear needed
to stay afloat. Some might say it sold out, but the success brought its
members to the realization that maybe they were better with the poppy sounds
than the hard rock anthem.
Soon after the release of Vol. One:
Learning How to Smile, the first installment of Songs, Everclear
stayed true to the pop sounds that people were associating it with. Gladly,
Now comes the second set, and Everclear
is offering more than those pop sounds. The band is trying to put its hard
rock edge back and with the two different styles of music, the album works
When listening to the album it seems that
the band introduces its work with the cutesy pop sounds, merging toward
hard rock in the middle and finally ending the album with mellow soft rock.
This variation is done very well and makes the album enjoyable.
"When It All Goes Wrong Again" starts off
the album. This track sounds much like "Father of Mine" with the same focus
on rhyming and making the words clear. It doesn't have its own unique appeal
since most Everclear songs sound like this one.
"Slide" follows with a complete turnaround
in the sound. This track is your normal rock music, with typical lyrics
and regular tunes. The following track remains the same with the rock sound
Everclear does another turnaround with
the next track, "Rock Star," putting all of its energy to hard rock. The
synthesized riffs are loud and obnoxious, but with decent lyrics, that
make an overall mediocre track.
"Short Blonde Hair" slows down the guitar
riffs a bit, but still stick to the rock sound. "Misery Whip" then bounces
back to hard rock.
Next the band simmers down its riffs and
mellows out the sounds with "Out of My Depth." The slow and overwhelming
track here showcases the true nature of Everclear's talents. This is where
the band shines.
"The Good Witch of the North" continues
the mellow rock sounds, and this track may well be the best one. The momentum
of the rhythms and its innovative lyrics further enhance this display of
the band's talents.
"Halloween Americana" is an instrumental
track that doesn't shine all too well. While it is another variety included
in this album, it doesn't have the effect of the two previous tracks.
The only song that gives them the parental
advisory sticker is the next track, "All F**ked Up," where the only good
part is the beginning. The blended music starts off rather amusing, but
The last two songs "Overwhelming" and "Song
from an American Movie pt. 2" rides on a mixture of the generic pop rock
and normal rock music. These aren't as outstanding as others, but the lyrics
here are interesting.
Everclear's new album has the variety that
most bands do not dare to try. With its offer of hard rock, pop and mellow
sounds, Everclear succeeds in entertaining all.