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Sparkle And Fade [Import]

Everclear Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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1. Electra Made Me Blind
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6. Strawberry
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9. Her Brand New Skin
10. Nehalem
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13. Chemical Smile
14. My Sexual Life

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The Nirvana Revolution smashed opened the door for countless like-minded bands. Many were second-rate rip-offs, but Everclear was one deserving of the opportunity. Sure, the angst and crunchy post-punk riffs of Sparkle and Fade owe a debt to St. Kurt, but Art Alexakis's own outsider tales--sample titles include "Heroin Girl" and "You Make Me Feel like a Whore"--prove piercing in a woe-is-him sort of way. Featuring the swaggering, strangely euphoric "Santa Monica," itself one of the finer rock singles of '90's, Sparkle burns like a fresh wound. It's an exhilarating, if ultimately long-winded collection, far more accomplished than the band's hit-and-miss debut and not nearly as overtly radio-minded as it successor. --Neal Weiss

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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoirs of a Junkie March 20 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first song I heard from this album (or Everclear) was an acoustic version of Heroin Girl. They may not be ground-breaking but I love the band because they sound so solid. When they perform acoustically they abandon their pop sensibilities and really shine, surpassing the album versions of their songs.
Art writes about life in a deceptively simple but touching way. His honest story-telling takes a conversational tone (with the exception of Nehalem- this departure into soap opera doesn't sit well next to the brutally truthful view of life the rest of the album presents). His multi-layered voice, like Sparkle & Fade, brims with personality, sounding lived-in and full of throaty angst.
Country-tinged punk pop sounded like my worst nightmare but Everclear make it work to powerful effect. Sparkle & Fade combines the angst and urgency of punk with the confiding, personal tone of country to make gems like Heroin Girl that you can never tire of because there's so much to hear. It's an album full of hidden subtleties and observations hiding behind the power chords.
It may take a few listens for this album to stand out but its well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everclear's best album ever, hands down. Jan. 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've been an EC fan since the mid 90's and have followed the band all the way through their career and have heard every single track ever made including cut/non released songs. Sparkle & Fade features the best, pure rock songs ever produced by Everclear. Other previous albums such as White Trash Hell and World of Noise come close, but are missing that polished sound that S&F delivers. With this album you get hard hitting songs and slower tracks which all have real-life meaning and grasp you into the world of Art Alexakis. Sparkle & Fade is simply the best Everclear album, and arguably one of the best 90's rock albums of all time. After So Much For The Afterglow, Everclear went too soft and lost their touch as they got away from their early roots and sound which made them such fan favorites. If you like pop get their more recent albums. However if you want true rock sound, get Sparkle & Fade, and you will not be dissapointed what-so-ever! If you're new to EC buy their rough and gritty rock album "World of Noise" and go from there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EVERCLEAR'S BREAK THROUGH ALBUM! Aug. 19 2001
Format:Audio CD
After about 3 years as a relative indie band from Portland Oregon. Everclear finally made the big time. They released SPARKLE AND FADE not the group's first release (WORLD OF NOISE was released a year earlier) but it was definetly their breakthrough recording. Although this album may not be as developed as their later releases it is considered one of their best and I agree! I mean check out the songs!
ELECTRA MADE ME BLIND opens the album with a bang followed by the interesting HEROIN GIRL. Next comes the rockin' YOU MAKE FEEL LIKE A WHORE. After that is the big radio hit SANTA MONICA an awesome song then comes two other great songs SUMMERLAND and STRAWBERRY. The mayhem continues with HEARTSPARK DOLLAR SIGN followed by the unique THE TWISTINSIDE. HER BRAND NEW SKIN and NEHALEM are two punk-like rock songs followed by a change of pace with THE QUEEN OF AIR a neat alternative love rocker. PALE GREEN STARS is another neat song but the punk rock returns with CHEMICAL SMILE and the cd closes MY SEXUAL LIFE another Everclear gem!
Overall SPARKLE AND FADE is an awesome album! I would say it is one of their best! Their are some great songs here and if newer Everclear fans have not checked it out I suggest they do because this album will always sparkle but it will never fade! Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, but very strong. May 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
Over time, Everclear (and particularly, Art Alexakis' voice and singing style) has evolved quite a bit. For proof, compare the Songs from An American Movie CDs with this older offering of theirs. The newer stuff usually shows the fast and furious Everclear heritage but occasionally (and unfortunately) strays towards the cheesy side. No such issues with this album! Everclear comes roaring out of the gate with a vengeance in tracks like Electra Made Me Blind, You Make Me Feel Like a Whore, Heartspark Dollarsign, and Nehalem. Inevitably, some of the songs slow down a bit, and these are not as good, but somehow they manage to not sound nearly as corny as the slow songs on the recent Everclear CDs have (My Sexual Life especially manages to still come off well, despite its subdued nature). Art's voice whines uncomfortably at points in the album (especially in some of the slower songs like Pale Green Stars) but usually you're too busy getting rocked by the music to care. All in all, an excellent album if you like heavy alternative music, though not a very novel one. I still point to So Much For the Afterglow as Everclear's high point to date, but this album probably will not disappoint you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hit The Deck March 31 2001
By Greg
Format:Audio CD
Recorded at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin in September 1994. All music written by Everclear. All lyrics written by Art Alexakis. If rock music was a logical equation, Everclear would be to the Slacker stagnation what Creedence Clearwater Revival was to the Vietnam era. Strewn with references to a wasted, self-proclaimed "white trash hell," Everclear's grunged out roots rock brings it all back home without a trace of pretention. And much like the underrated CCR, Everclear could easily be perceived as a southern-fried bar band. Their second full-length album, SPARKLE & FADE, is deceptively simplistic. Littered with three-chord diddies and face-level lyrics, Everclear's honesty could be mistaken for laziness. There's something primal about their approach to describing the terrifying vacancy in their world. Singer/guitarist Art Alexakis crafts blunt, yet accurate descriptions of the glorified casualties of the Gen X hype in all its apathy and destruction. A time piece of '90s countercultrue, SPARKLE AND FADE is painted in grim tones but is strangely hopeful in the end. Alexakis writes the believable tale of the underdog and describes the landmarks he sees on the way. Girls with "two pierced nipples and a black tattoo," or "heavy with her monster boots," dominate the scenery along with even sadder tales. "I heard the police say 'just another overdose'" mingles with "you tie your arm and ask me if I want to drive."
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5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal
This album is the reason that I am such a big Everclear Fan. This shows the band at their high point in their career. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Sam M
4.0 out of 5 stars another great album
-another great album from everclear, not as good as some of their newer stuff (they've matured a lot musically since the early 90s) Doesn't anyone else notice this?
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Yosickofme Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OVERALL ROCK ALBUM EVER!
What's the deal you guys? Everyone seems to rank this album for it's "cheesy" light songs or sounding alike. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by everclearfan
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but not there best
ITs still a mystery to me why i dont like this as much as SMFTA. I guess to many of the songs just sound alike! Read more
Published on July 2 2003 by RickytheKID
5.0 out of 5 stars Everclear's best album
Eight years since its release, S&F is looking like a true rock classic. You can hate Art Alexakis if you need to, and rue the day Everclear started slouching towards VH1, but... Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by ethan100
5.0 out of 5 stars must have in your cd collection
This cd is by far their best album. I will buy you a new life and wonderful is all that is missing. Great band but Volvo Driving Soccer Mom?? the heck?
Published on April 24 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Is Yet To Come...
This album shows a great band with lots of potential. It's a bit rough, but it is great. This is more of a grungy album than the recent Everclear albums, and they prepare us for... Read more
Published on April 6 2003 by "jbuilt"
4.0 out of 5 stars those first six songs...
oh man, those first six songs just hit and won't let up. In the very best way. It may be the best set in rock history, definitely in recent rock history. Read more
Published on March 24 2003 by William Krischke
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine piece of work...
I bought this album some years ago. Working in a record store meant that I heard many albums before the break-through single was released and they were climbing the charts, so for... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Hallie Engel
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Everclear, Period!!!
This is by far the band's best work. I bought this album the day of realease and still listen to it frequently. Read more
Published on Dec 7 2002 by Patrick
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