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Songs From An American Movie Vol 1 Learning How To Smile

Everclear Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
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1. Song From An American Movie Pt. 1
2. Here We Go Again
3. AM Radio
4. Brown Eyed Girl
5. Learning How To Smile
6. The Honeymoon Song
7. Now That It's Over
8. Thrift Store Chair
9. Otis Redding
10. Unemployed Boyfriend
11. Wonderful
12. Annabella's Song

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Reminiscences permeate the dozen diverse tracks that populate Everclear's fourth outing. The trio, spearheaded by writer/guitarist/producer Art Alexakis, looks back in myriad ways on Songs From An American Movie. Alexakis skilfully and sweetly addresses his recent divorce ("The Honeymoon Song", "Now That It's Over"), musical heroes ("Otis Redding") and childhood ("AM Radio"), frequently matching his words with suitably retro music. Although the only cover is a new-wave take on Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl", familiar musical references abound. On "AM Radio," a brief sample of "Mr Big Shot" sets the tone for funky flashback fun, while "The Honeymoon Song" is full of Brian Wilson inflections. Alexakis references his own "Everything to Everyone" in the title track, while "Otis Redding", "Unemployed Boyfriend" and "Wonderful" are more commercial alt-rock Everclear than homage Everclear. Alexakis set out to make a pop album, and while millennial teenagers have their own definition of "pop", for '70s-kid Alexakis, Songs From An American Movie serves as a summertime soundtrack to his 30-something life. --Katherine Turman

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Everclear ~ Songs From An American Movie Vo

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very different, but still great! July 11 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is mainly songs Art Alexakis wanted to release on his now defunct solo album. The songs range from 70's style pop to touches of folk and rock. However it is a delightful mix, that takes getting used to, but once you do I think you will be pleasantly surprised. Some of the more noteable standout tracks are Thrift Store Chair and the title track(s). If you have all of Everclear's previous albums, go ahead and pick this up and work it into your rotation. I think you will come to love it as much as the three previous offerings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars �Wonderful� Stories June 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Everclear does a great job telling their stories on SONGS FROM AN AMERICAN MOVIE. From the retro sound of "AM Radio" with its true spirit of the 70's vibe to the pure vitriol of "Now That It's Over," Everclear creates a series of vignettes that rarely work, but when they do it's a wonderful journey. You can get an amazing amount of story out of a 3-4 minute song. Take the girl sitting at the unemployment office in "Unemployed Boyfriend." Just sitting there minding her own business and being greeted by the line "Maybe this sounds a little obsessive." How can you not love that line, and the rest of the song holds up just as well. This pattern of excellence repeats itself and except for the unfortunate cover of "Brown Eyed Girl," (it just reminds how much better Morrison's original was, even on AM radio.)This is a CD I find myself coming back to, again and again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute betrayal Jan. 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
I just bought...well actually it was on store credit...vol II at a used cd store. I like what I hear. Yes, it took me 4 years to even take a chance on an essentially free Everclear cd after this debacle. I was trying to remember if I pawned this curse of a cd off on some poor soul (current or soon to be enemy) or just tossed it out of the car window at high speed. I can't remember being more pissed off at a band. Pure garbage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i luv everclear Nov. 20 2003
By Ashley
Format:Audio CD
i luv everclear!Everclear is the gr8est band of all time! i luv all of their cds and if there is 1 i haven't heard yet i'll probably like it too! & if u don't like Everclear than u just suck!! ART ALEXAKIS IS 1 SEXY MO-FO!!! (even if he is like twice my age)
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5.0 out of 5 stars i luv everclear Nov. 20 2003
By Ashley
Format:Audio CD
I listen to everclear from the time i wake up until the time i go to sleep! i luv them! & i think that they are the greatest band ever!! i luv all of their cds! Art Alexakis is an inspiration to me! i luv all of their lyrics & if there is a song that i have not heard i'll probably like it too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best EC album! Oct. 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
Thats right I said it! This is the best album they ever and probably will make, but one of the reasons I love this band is that each cd is different and can stand on its own. "Unemployed Boyfriend" is one of the greatest songs of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe you people May 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
It amazes me that people can sit there and say this album has no heart behind it. Or people say they want the 'old' Everclear back. Forgive a band for evolving! I agree this album doesn't rock as much as the first three, but it does have a lot of substance. Let's start with the tracks.
Song From an American Movie Part I- Very nice track; sets the mood for the entire album.
Here We Go Again- a very romantic song. Art is very good at romanticizing things, even drug use like he did on the first three.
A.M. Radio- Everyone likes a good pop-song. It's nice to hear someone else talk about their life and their dreams.
Brown-Eyed Girl- Great cover, not quite as good as the original though. It is nice to reminisce.
Learning How to Smile- Another romantic song, yeah, Art is actually a happy guy now and you can tell.
The Honeymoon Song- Greg does a good job singing and playing the ukulele. Kind of makes you smile.
Now That It's Over- Anyone who has had their heart broken before has felt this way. Easy to relate to.
Thrift Store Chair- Living in a relationship that isn't working, been there too.
Otis Redding- Yet another romantic song. The line "sit and watch the stars die" is Art at his best.
Unemployed Boyfriend- A funny take on love at first site. Makes you smile.
Wonderful- Brilliant song. No, it's not 'Father of Mine', it's 'Wonderful'. Two completely different subjects. This one deals with bottling up feelings, not abandonment.
Annabella's Song- A nice ode to Art's daughter.
I am a huge Everclear fan and love all of their albums. Do me a favor people, let the band do what they want, it's rare for these times
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, good bands make awful stuff too May 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
Don't get me wrong, Sparkle & Fade still remains a classic, and everything else is decent, but "Wonderful" is the only song that's very good on here. "AM Radio" is mediocre and everything else is worse. Art's vocals here sound as if he's tired, in a bad way. The remake of "Brown Eyed Girl" is terrible and bland, a great way to describe this album. This won't help you learn to smile much. It sounds like they could've been dead during the recording of this. Strangely enough, Vol. 2 wasn't as bad, though that's something you expect leftovers of. Only if you're the most astute Everclear fan do I recommend you this. Otherwise, avoid it.
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