Songs From An American Movie Vol 1 Learning How To Smile
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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|
|12. Annabella's Song|
Everclear ~ Songs From An American Movie Vo
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
Top Customer Reviews
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
The album starts off with Song from an American Movie pt. 1, an acoustic song that is actually just part of the real song, Song from an American Movie pt. 2 from Vol. 2 Good Time for a Bad Attitude. It's a nice opener for the album. Here We Go Again is a funky pop song that uses a sample from a Public Enemy song. AM Radio, a minor hit, employs a sample from "Mr Big Stuff." It's actually a rap-song in which Alexakis recalls his childhood, growing up and getting into trouble. Brown Eyed Girl is a good Van Morrison cover. Most people didn't like it, but I did. I think you can sing along with this version better. Learning How to Smile, the title track, is many Everclear fans' favorite Everclear song, and I love it too. It's a great pop/rock song about your girlfriend or wife that everyone else hates, as Art Alexakis explained at a recent concert. Art changes the melody for the final verse and chorus - a sure sign of someone who knows how to write a hit song, although this song was never released as a single. The Honeymoon Song was written by drummer Greg Eklund. It's a nice song about his honeymoon featuring great harmonies from Art and Craig. Then comes the only true rock song on this album - Now that it's Over. It's clearly inspired by his divorce. What a brutal song! Then comes the acoustic, country-sounding Thrift Store Chair. It's a song that previews what is to come. "I think we're headed for a big fall." I don't know why this song is placed after the divorce song, but whatever. It's still great. Otis Redding and Unemployed Boyfriend are both great songs.Read more ›
The record was original concieved as a double album concept that outlined front man Art Alexis' life. Instead it was stripped into two different volumes. Volume 1 basically covers Alexis' childhood and early love life whereas Volume 2 tends to cover his messy divorce and the problems that preceded it.
The opening track SONG FROM AN AMERICAN MOVIE PART 1 is a mandolin interlude which gives listeners the idea that the band has taken a different direction from their raging grunge feel of their previous records. Indeed Everclear has expanded musically on this album and unlike 'So Much For The Afterglow' and 'Sparkle And Fade' which are rock albums Songs From An American Movie Vol.1 resonates more beauty than the others. That doesn't mean that Everclear has gone soft by anymeans. They are still rockin' on tracks like HERE WE GO AGAIN, AM RADIO (which was a huge hit) and an awesome cover of Van Morrison's BROWN EYED GIRL. LEARNING HOW TO SMILE is a classic. THE HONEYMOON SONG is an easy going hawaiian feel song that has drummer Greg Eklund on lead vocals. NOW THAT IT'S OVER is a bizarre rocker. THRIFT STORE CHAIR is an interesting acoustic tune. OTIS REDDING is another reflective classic. UNEMPLOYED BOYFRIEND is a decent track but it would be better without that annoying girl on the phone.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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... Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by J. Carroll
I just bought...well actually it was on store credit...vol II at a used cd store. I like what I hear. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by C. Forsvall
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! Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Ashley
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! Read morePublished on Nov. 20 2003 by Ashley
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. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by Matthew Arrowood
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. Read morePublished on May 17 2003 by Zen Station
Its an exemplary piece of music and gives superb examples of a typical American life. No one has a voice as wonderful as this and has the gift 2 portray a life.Published on April 2 2003 by Alexandra W.
I think it would be impossible for Everclear to recreate the magic that made So Much For The Afterglow. But this is a great follow-up to that album! Read morePublished on March 27 2003
This is one of the best albums I have ever heard.
This album has come with me everywhere I have gone over the past few years. Read more