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World of Noise Import

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 1 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002TT2
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
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1. Your Genius Hands
2. Sick & Tired
3. The Laughing World
4. Fire Maple Song
5. Pennsylvania Is...
6. Nervous & Weird
7. Malevolent
8. Sparkle
9. Trust Fund
10. Loser Makes Good
11. Invisible
12. Evergleam

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A triumph of Northwestern indie-rock, Everclear's debut album was made for a mere $400 and released on Tim/Kerr Records before Capitol snapped the group up in wake of flannelmania. (Sonically, it's better than Nirvana's Bleach which cost a relatively extravagant $200 more.) And while musical simplicity is part of the band's genius--guitars grind and spew distortion while the rhythm section hammers the beat into submission--there's nothing simplistic about bandleader Art Alexakis's lyrics. "You wonder why I live like this, man, you just won't understand / I won't give in, I'm not like that," he sings in "Loser Makes Good," a song about convictions and staying true to your dreams--which could have been written by Garth Brooks if it didn't also contain the line "I hate waking up, it means that I have to die again." "World of Noise" is somewhat less listener-friendly than its big budgeted successors, Sparkle and Fade and So Much for the Afterglow, but it's a clear indication of why Everclear managed to survive while the other Nirvana-be's fell by the wayside. --Daniel Durchholz

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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic service April 5 2008
By Brendan J. Packert - Published on
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I got this item in excellent time and at an amazing price, such a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars World Of Noise June 22 2005
By EverclearNirvanaMetallicaGreenDay - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the second best Everclear album and my absolute favorite. This is there grungiest album and has amazing lyrics, just read them in the booklet. Every song is amazing and the album is set up geniusly. It may not be the best recording production, but that raw, staticky soundis awesome. Some people will tell you to buy their best album, Sparkle And Fade, first, but I highly recommend you get this one first. This is the most anti-sell-out album I've ever heard, and it's coming from a band that sold out big time later. If you get this first, it will make Sparkle And Fade sound a lot better, even if it's great already. Here is a song-by-song analysis in my opinion:

Your Genius Hands: A great first track. It starts off the album with a bit of distortion and then an awesome guitar line. "I have seen you shake, I know what it cost you, I have heard your work, I am big on your noise..." I never got a grip on exactly what this is about, but it might be about a guitarist he admires, "I long to shake your genius hands." *highlight*

Sick And Tired: This is a deep, distorted song about possibly suicide... and the end is really cool.

The Laughing World: This song is grinding and wicked. The riff sounds like something going forward then suddenly pulling back. Another confusing song lyrically ("like a burning car in the sun, we flame for all in plain view"), but still a mild headbanger that rocks (if your the sorta person who does that to punk music). *highlight*

Fire Maple Song: This is the only song on the greatest hits album, and it's about Art's brother dying, and Alexakis sings about this true experience with passionate lyrics. It's soft and beautiful, but has Art almost screaming "I...can'!" during the chorus. The first part of the song is about memories of the brothers spending time together under a maple tree as kids, with lyrics like "listen to grandma sing those country songs, she said the maple turns to fire every four years, we'd lay under the tree and watch the autumn come around," while near the end you hear "Now we're so far away, call eachother once a year, just around the holidays...I can't believe this letter that says you died, I think I'll go back to the house in North Carolina and lay in the backyard, get drunk and let the leaves just bury me..." A great song. *highlight*

Pennsylvania Is...: This song is about the evils of the anti-abortion laws. All states except New York used to have these laws, and this song is specifically guessed it...Pennsylvania. And if you're wondering where there's ... at the end of the, the word missing is "wrong!", which is yelled at the end of the song. It's one of the most meaningful songs on the album. *highlight*

Nervous And Weird: A loud song about a deteriorating relationship. Alexakis uses this theme commonly in many future songs, but this song belongs on this album due to it's unique sound. Nevertheless another great song.

Malevolent: Another meaningful song, about a guy who hits his girlfriend when she tries to break up with him.

Sparkle: This song is amazing. It's one of those songs where it's hard to tell who it's talking about...some claim it's about Kurt Cobain, which is cool, but I have another theory. First of all, the song is clearly about a sell-out musician that Art is displaying his dissapointment with. The person is described as bleached blonde hair and plaid clothes, etc, obviously talking about a blonde grunge junkie. It could be about Kurt becoming something that Art didn't like, but what did Art do later? Doesn't he now have bleach blonde hair? Did he not sell out? I think this song could be about Art talking to his future self, talking about his fear that he will become this sort of person. As a friend said to me about this, sometimes our biggest fears come true. Anyway, just a theory. This song starts off with what I think of as a shaky chord. This also happens later in the song, except it's cooler because Art yells this time. *highlight*

Trust Fund: A very distorted song. I believe this was a Colorfinger song. Anyway, pure grunge.

Loser Makes Good: ANOTHER very meaningful song, about a homeless man criticizing, complaining, but ultimately, as in the title, making good with his words. *highlight*

Invisible: My favorite song on the whole album, about having AIDS. There isn't one line of lyrics in the song that isn't absolutely stunning: "I just can't believe that AIDS is just some act of one will reach for me, no one will touch my skin...I will accept my pain, I don't deserve to die like this, no one deserves to die like this...sometimes I get so mad, I just want to break the world...I will not be denied, I will not be ignored, I'm real I won't go away, I am not invisible anymore..." *highlight*

Evergleam: Probably my favorite last track on all their albums, this is a happy, upbeat summary to a very emotional album. It always puts me in a good mood. So concludes a grunge masterpiece by my favorite band. *highlight*

Buy this album! :-)
4.0 out of 5 stars Everclear in their grunge period! July 20 2000
By Brian - Published on
Format: Audio CD
It's 1992 and you're in a Pacific Northwest band that has long hair. What genre of music would you choose to perform? It's clear to me and many others that Art Alexakis is not pure grunge. Before Everclear, he was in a band called Colorfinger, that was more country oriented than anything else. Art wanted to make it at any cost. If that meant growing his hair longer, and changing the music a bit, then so be it. Everclear's grunge is not bad at all. Art's own creative influence on the music shines through on every track. Despite the low cost of the album, I suspect that Art had a feeling the album would make it. With all the record companies trying to pick up "grunge rock" bands, Art used World of Noise as a tool. A tool to be signed by a major record label, like Capitol Records. After that, Art could write, perform, and produce whatever style of music he preferred. It seems like a bulletproof plan, at first. What Art didn't take into account was the fact that first impression means everything. People saw a grunge band, they expected a grunge band. Slowly but surely Art alone changed their minds on Everclear's style of music, but it wasn't easy, especially persuading Capitol Records to promote a pop album (So Much For The Afterglow) by a grunge rock band. Many fans cannot get enough of "Your Genius Hands." Frankly, I can't find anything special about the song. I, for one, dislike the way Art is singing on the song, and seems to be attempting to sing in a grunge-like fashion, bad idea! I do, however, love "Sick & Tired"! Somehow the song takes you away to an Everclear concert where the song is being performed live. Once I heard the song on World of Noise, I knew it would be perfect live. Art must have thought this too, because the song is performed live quite a bit. "The Laughing World" is a so-so song, at best. The song shows Art again trying to fake his way through grunge. I would have preferred another song more like "Fire Maple Song" or "Pennsylvania Is..." where Alexakis is more at home. "Fire Maple Song" is a sincere song on an insincere album. The music video for the song quite its share of airplay on the MTV show 120 Minutes. Which, is how many Everclear fans first heard of their music? Art is no stranger to domestic violence. His father's and mother's marriage failed because of domestic violence. He recently spoke in front of Congress fighting for a bill to be passed dealing with "deadbeat dads." Art shows the scars, both emotional and physical, that are left on a family dealing with domestic violence with another brilliant song entitled "Pennsylvania Is...." It talks of a women that marries her teenage love. She soon regrets the marriage when she finds out that he beats her. He eventually goes to prison, and she has to leave the state in fear that once he is released from prison, he will be after her again. "Nervous & Weird," the title track for the rare Nervous & Weird EP by Tim/Kerr Productions, is as strong of a song as "Fire Maple Song", if not stronger. The Nervous & Weird EP must be brilliant with a title track so strong as "Nervous & Weird." For some odd unknown reason to be, I love the song "Malevolent." I'm not sure why, but the song just seems to be speaking to me. What can be said about "Sparkle"? Art seems to love words like: clear, gleam, sparkle, and fade. "Trust Fund" to me is nothing more than a filler, and another chance to attempt to convince the big record companies that Everclear is 100% grunge. "Loser Makes Good" is a national anthem for the lost, hopeless, and tired. Art, even when lost in despair, tries to stick to his own and make it with a "grunge" band when he's well over 30 years old. "Invisible" is probably another filler on World of Noise, yet slightly better than its counterpart, "Trust Fund." "Evergleam," unmistakably a clue towards the band's name, is a song that I personally like and hope you will too!
3.0 out of 5 stars Insecure Like a Scream in the Night Nov. 22 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The song "Wonderful" brought Everclear to my attention. Normally a listener of classical music, I began exploring Everclear's music, because their songs of family dysfunction and personal pain struck a chord in me. Noisy and experimental compared to their subsequent work, "World of Noise" explores what it means to be "close to the fall". The songs deal with the fear of not measuring up, personal loss, and the struggle to maintain some kind of personal integrity under extreme and unpleasant circumstances. Musically, the songs often employ loud, distorted guitars, pounding drums, and sometimes creepy bass lines to evoke the chaos and pain of Alexakis' life. Middle Eastern-sounding riffs and interesting chorusing effects add spice to music that is normally too noisy for my tastes. The oddly powerful lyrics are sometimes enigmatic and hint of an undisclosed symbolism; "sparkle", "electra", and things seen "from the corner of my eye" recur in Everclear's later work and suggest that this album may be a key to understanding some of Alexakis' other songs. Anyone interested in Everclear's music should hear this CD.
Easily the best song on the CD and perhaps the best of Everclear's career, "Fire Maple Song" conveys the pain of losing a loved one. The lyrics are beautifully evocative, and Alexakis' singing is heartwrenching. "Sick and Tired" and "The Laughing World" contain some interesting musical effects and hold up well, as do "Your Genius Hands" and "Nervous and Wired". "Pennsylvania Is..." and "Invisible" seem out of place with their political messages.
This seminal work contains the great "Fire Maple Song" and insights into Everclear's subsequent work. It is the raw release of a ravaged soul, and it is recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band's best CD May 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First off, people who liked songs like everything to everyone or I will buy you a new life might not like this one. Secondly, i dunno what was up with that review about father of mine or whatever being the only good song on this CD. First of all, fatherf mine isn't on this CD, and every song on it (except for malevolent in my opinion) is thousands of times better than father of mine! this is the best they ever did. The best song on this CD is Your Genius hands follored closely by the laughing world, sparkle, nervous and wierd, and trust fund (a song originally by lead singer Art Alexakis's previous band/solo project called colorfinger), although none of these sound samples demonstrate how great they are. This CD is filled with loads of feedback, yelling, and heavily distorted guitars, and us vs. them lyrics. The amazing thing is that this CD was recorded for under $400, it sounds much better than that. This is also the CD for people hwo liked his previous band colorfinger, because it is similar (but heavier.) I only wish they put colorfinger's kill jerry garcia on it...

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