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Slow Motion Daydream Enhanced
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
This was the last album that the most well known line-up of Everclear released, and consensus would say it's the weakest. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2013 by B. Wigmore
Maybe it's better to fade than to burn out, but Everclear isn't really doing either here - they're standing still. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004
This is one of the better albums I have litened to of late. Each song has it's own, powerful vibe and uniqueness. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2004 by Mike Bergin
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Stuart
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 morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by a little fool
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 morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Brandon Haas
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 morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Yosickofme Sam
"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 morePublished on Sept. 1 2003
After the 70's sounds of SFaAM#1, and the heavier (and underappreciated follow-up), this album is like taking three steps back. Read morePublished on Aug. 23 2003 by James P. Barker