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One of the most dominant bands of the '90s is back. Fueled by the powerful songwriting of Art Alexakis, the single "Hater" is a return to the sound that scored Everclear several multi-platinum hits on alternative rock and MTV, including mainstays like "Santa Monica", "Father Of Mine", "Everything To Everyone", "I Will Buy You A New Life", and "Wonderful". "Art Alexakis is one of the only rock stars around with anything to say about real life" - Rolling Stone.
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He has since rebanded with 4 new members including a keyboardist to form a more "mellower" Everclear sound similar to the Everclear of old, but different. That's due in part to the keyboards and the workmanship of the new members of the band.
Most of the album was recorded from live takes with everyone in the studio, something that hasn't been heard from Everclear in several years. The album has a lush sound similar to So Much For The Afterglow, but without the sweet production.
The album deals with Art Alexakis' realization of his sex addiction, his wrongdoings, and is a journal of his life from the past few years. That is something you can easily hear from songs like 'Now', 'Broken', 'The Drama King', and 'Shine'.
I really enjoyed this album, and have to say this album is a huge improvement over 'Slow Motion Daydream', which I hate. I really enjoy songs like 'Taste of Hell', 'Portland Rain', 'Now', and 'A Shameless Use of Charm' which sound like the typical Everclear song but definately have a new element in them that is interesting. 'A Shameless Use of Charm' sounds like a Ben Folds song, and 'Portland Rain' has a 'Maroon 5-ish' pop vibe going on, which is actually worth listening to and has some of the best guitar work on an Everclear related album in years.
The faults of the album were the lyrical content, which aren't as articulate and thought provoking as some of the lyrics found on the earlier albums, but I really don't think it matters for the songs as I still feel his message is expressed in a meaningful way, take for example, 'The Drama King'. And if you want to base judgement on the album after hearing 'Hater', don't, because it's the worst song on the album and really is out of place with the rest of the songs.
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Musically, the news is mostly good. Fans may miss the signature style of the Montoya/Eklund rhythm section, but the larger, more keyboard-driven band fleshes out the sound nicely. "Drama Club" mostly avoids Everclear's usual wall of electric guitars, favoring a mellower style akin to 2000's "Songs from an American Movie, Vol. One." Art Alexakis turns in his catchiest set of tunes in a while, stumbling only on a couple of misguided attempts to sound funky ("Shine," "Taste of Hell," and a head-scratchingly awful rap hidden after the last track). As usual, fans will spot playful allusions to past Everclear songs ("Under the Western Stars"' bridge recalls "When It All Goes Wrong Again," and "The Drama King" quotes the guitar intro from "Father of Mine"). After a few listens, "Broken," "Under the Western Stars," and "Your Arizona Room" will lodge themselves in your head alongside all the older Everclear classics.
Lyrically, however, Art disappoints. The silly album title proves dispiritingly accurate; the unrelenting focus is on sex and relationship drama and over 13 songs it gets obnoxious, especially since Art doesn't have anything particularly insightful to say. I can't help wishing that Art would grow up a little, find some new inspiration, and stop spinning his wheels analyzing his personal life endlessly in song after song-- or at least, find something new and interesting to say about it.
So I say thank you Art for not giving up, and regardless of the reasons I appreciate the effort and am glad to have the new record, because I have liked artist in the past only to have them disappear, and it kills me not to have them anymore. So do not buy the hate, instead buy the album and remember what it is like to be young and have passion for life because that is what it is all about.
For those who criticized past Everclear albums for repeating the same sound, this album has a definite variance in sounds with Art's voice tying everything together. If you liked the "newer" Everclear sound, this is a positive progression from that and is worth the investment.