- Audio CD (May 23 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Music Canada
- ASIN: B000002TTU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
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Sparkle And Fade Import
EVERCLEAR Sparkle And Fade (Scarce 1995 US 14-track CD slbum complete with lyric booklet picture sleeve. What makes this copy so special is that the picture sleeve has been dedicated To Grandpa Jed and AUTOGRAPHED by Art Alexakis CraigMontoya and Greg Eklund in black marker pen!)
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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With a certain Pacific Northwest chic, Everclear rips through the archetypical rock topics of sex, drugs, and desperation, the band lays down thick grunge riffs without slipping into hardcore mode; as a result the record retains a certain approachability- think of the pop they later embraced minus the sell-out factor.
In other words, it's loud enough to make you want to jump in the pit, but catchy enough for people who usually prefer something a little more tame to keep on this list of albums to rock out to.
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