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.