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Sparkle And Fade Import


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  • Audio CD (May 23 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002TTU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

1. Electra Made Me Blind
2. Heroin Girl
3. You Make Me Feel Like A Whore
4. Santa Monica
5. Summerland
6. Strawberry
7. Heartspark Dollarsign
8. The Twistinside
9. Her Brand New Skin
10. Nehalem
11. Queen Of The Air
12. Pale Green Stars
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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4.7 out of 5 stars

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By A Customer on March 20 2004
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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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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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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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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By Greg on March 31 2001
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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