Sparkle And Fade Import
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on June 1 2004 by Sam M
-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
What's the deal you guys? Everyone seems to rank this album for it's "cheesy" light songs or sounding alike. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by everclearfan
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 morePublished on July 2 2003 by RickytheKID
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 morePublished on April 25 2003 by ethan100
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
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 morePublished on April 6 2003
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 morePublished on March 24 2003 by William Krischke
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 morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Hallie Engel