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Slow Motion Daydream [Enhanced]

Everclear Audio CD
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1. How to Win Friends and Influence People
2. Blackjack
3. I Want to Die a Beautiful Death
4. Volvo Driving Soccer Mom
5. Science Fiction
6. New Blue Champion
7. TV Show
8. Chrysanthemum
9. Sunshine
10. Beautiful Life
11. New York Times
12. White Noise (hidden track)

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With the market for modern angst having been sold short by headline writers and color-coded terror-alert designers, what's a '90s-grunge-rooted rock band to do? In the case of Art Alexakis and Everclear, you bare your soul with a smile. On the evidence here, the melodic '70s pop affectations of his divorce-chronicling Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1 seem to have permanently seeped into Everclear's sound. But they're considerably beefier than the album's straightforward production, wrapping dry observations about American life in bouncy, driving slices of pop-punk that are as infectious as they are wryly disconcerting. Tracks like the album's first single, "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom," and the spirited "How to Win Friends and Influence People" suggest that pervasive rumors of irony's demise have been overstated--or simply ignored--by a gleeful Alexakis and company. If it's an album that also argues that the band is working from formula, it's one they'd be wise to patent. Enhanced CD features include Web keys to performance footage, home movies, and B-side downloads. --Jerry McCulley

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4.0 out of 5 stars Too subtle for most listeners June 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a very political album that makes statements about the American character in a very underhanded and subtle way -- perhaps a bit too subtly for some folks, given the comments others have made here. While most of the cuts are musically indifferent (just the same old Everclear going through the motions), Art Alexakis' lyrics subtly skewer the nightmare that has become the American Dream, ranging from our loving of turning the world into black and white without color or shades of grey (only good and evil in the American nightmare, not anything inbetween) and our love of goons with blackjacks to keep said evildoers in their place ( his ode to John Ashcroft, "Blackjack" ), our vainglorious pursuit of personal beauty regardless of the price even if it costs our life ( "I want to Die a Beautiful Death", liposuction, anybody?), our hypocrisy towards sex ( "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom"), our desire to live in a world of illusions instead of facing and overcoming reality ("TV Show Life")...
That said, I'd only recommend this album for fans of Everclear. The music is, for the most part, just too darned indifferent to pull you in to the lyrics (and yes, there are a couple of throw-away songs too, so it's not as if all the lyrics are works of genius). That said, it's still better both musically and lyrically than the majority of the drivel out there. I'd suggest starting with _Sparkle and Fade_ or maybe _So Much for the Afterglow_ if you want the full Everclear effect, but if you liked those albums, you'll probably want Slow Motion Daydream too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The last album for Everclear April 30 2004
By Lauren
Format:Audio CD
Everclear strikes again with their sixth and latest full length recording, Slow Motion Daydream. They've titled this one perfectly, as the whole CD seems to float by much like a day dream. The title track "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom" has disgustingly cute lyrics, but also highlights a lesser observed idea about middle class America. In fact, this CD seems to have become Everclear's most political. Other tracks like "Blackjack" present a disturbing view of American politics, while the heart wrenching song of "Chrysanthemum", expresses Alexakis' reaction to the kidnapping and murder of two little girls in California. "Science Fiction" boosts your spirits with the lyric, "Life is always getting better," but don't let fool you because "TV Show" follows closely behind with Alexakis' wishes to put his life back together again.
On the surface this CD looks like a rather happy, pop oriented dizziness, but on a closer listen, it seems as if the entire CD carries an undertone of hopelessness. The anti-political songs, the murder of two little girls, the feelings of loss, and the emotions of powerlessness all come through very strongly and whether this was Everclear's intention or not, I don't know. But I do know that despite the heavier side of this CD, it has turned out to be a great recording, and another thumb's up for Everclear. If you were a fan of their musically lighter albums such as Learning How to Smile or So Much for the Afterglow, this is definitely an album for you. Other fans of their earlier albums, World of Noise and Sparkle and Fade, might not appreciate this one so much, but should still give it a listen.
Everclear's evolving sound seems to have led them to bigger and better places throughout their time together, and as this appears to be their last CD together as a band, Everclear has had a very successful music career, and is certainly going out on a good note.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad April 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
'Slow Motion Daydream' feels like a synthesis of previous Everclear styles, but in a really predictable kind of way. These songs are basically standard Everclear, although they're pretty good essentially. 'Blackjack' coasts along on a silly hard-rock riff which is enjoyable especially when coupled with a strong melody and some possibly political lyrics ('Please don't say that this isn't what you wanted now/this is your American dream/where everything is simple in the white and the black...be careful what you ask for'). 'Volvo Driving Soccer Mom', in the same vein as 'Rock Star', is disposable but amusing, again saved by some incisive lyrics, and 'A Beautiful Life' is really beautiful and aching but essentially a slower re-write of 'Song From An American Movie Pt 2' with strings - still, its excellent, if nothing new. 'Crysanthemum' is nice, with the same sad folky feel as songs like 'Thrift Store Chair', but too short. 'The New York Times' is a well-meaning tribute to 9-11 but comes across a little too much as bleeding-heart soft-rock.
I am an atypical Everclear fan - I think both volumes of the Songs From An American Movie are excellent, a career pinnacle even - not because I'm ignorant of their past - 'Sparkle and Fade' is an enjoyable album - but because although it is commercial, Learning How To Smile is classic pop perfection, whereas Good Time For A Bad Attitude is really well-done rock as well. On 'Slow Motion Daydream' you don't get anything as biting as 'When It All Goes Wrong Again' nor anything as sweet as 'Otis Redding' - it feels like a somewhat unhappy compromise between the two albums - certainly not a return to their earlier sound - this is a commercial album. They need a new direction, really, otherwise it sounds a bit formulaic. Some good songs, but not an incredible album by any stretch of the imagination.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slickly produced Everclear
This was the last album that the most well known line-up of Everclear released, and consensus would say it's the weakest. Read more
Published 14 months ago by B. Wigmore
4.0 out of 5 stars So much for originality
Maybe it's better to fade than to burn out, but Everclear isn't really doing either here - they're standing still. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one...
This is one of the better albums I have litened to of late. Each song has it's own, powerful vibe and uniqueness. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Mike Bergin
3.0 out of 5 stars latest and not-so-greatest
this is Everclear's latest album. while still being a good album(i like everything they have released) it is without doubt my least favorite. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars hmm...
I'm going to start out by saying that everclear is, and has always been, my favorite band. 'so much for the afterglow' was the first cd i ever bought and remains my favorite to... Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003 by a little fool
3.0 out of 5 stars Taking a step away from their roots
I think that this CD is definately worth buying, even though their best songs were written on or before so much for the afterglow. Read more
Published on Dec 9 2003 by Brandon Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of Their Best Work
Wow, this was well worth the purchase. I think this is some of their best work along with So Much For The Afterglow. The music is superb. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Yosickofme Sam
2.0 out of 5 stars Sparkle and fade is right...
"World of Noise" was hands down the best grunge album this side of Soundgarden's "Badmotorfinger." Better than Pearl Jam, better than Alice in Chains, I'd say even better than... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After the 70's sounds of SFaAM#1, and the heavier (and underappreciated follow-up), this album is like taking three steps back. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 2003 by James P. Barker
1.0 out of 5 stars They really missed with this one.
What ever happened to Sparkle & Fade or So much for the afterglow? This album is nowhere near what Everclear is capable of. Any real everclear fan out there knows that. Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by "brettolshan"
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