- Songs from an American Movie Vol. 2: Good Time for
a Bad Attitude
Finally Makes Sense To Me
are two sides to every story. More specifically there are
two sides to every movie - especially an American movie.
set out to make their soundtrack to the American movie, they
decided to make it a two-parter. First came the happy-go-lucky
Learning How to
Smile featuring such pop goodies as "Wonderful"
and "A.M. Radio." Learning How to Smile was
the glossed over happiness that everyone sees when they look
at everyone else. It was the cheerful times that make our
lives worth living.
Alexakis and company are no fools. They know the other side
as well, and it comes through in Songs From an American
Movie Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude. If Vol.
1 was the happy part of life, Vol. 2 is all the
extra bullshit that comes along with it. And you have to take
both to have a real life, or a real American movie.
album leaves the pop rock music that has been rotating around
the pop charts behind. This time out Everclear have returned
to their basic harder rock / punk roots that made So Much
for the Afterglow ("Heroin Girl," "You
Make Me Feel Like a Whore") such a success.
single, "When It All Goes Wrong Again," starts off
the album and is followed by the second single, "Slide."
Both rockers in their own right.
feel good about the sin / that I inflict on my own skin /
I pay money to cut and burn/ Pictures like lessons / That
I need to learn," sings Alexakis in "When It All
Goes Wrong Again."
notable change in this album versus earlier rock works from
Everclear is the more optimistic outlook on life. We have
all heard how horrible life was for Alexakis, growing up and
so on. However, on this album he takes those events and makes
them into learning experiences. And he knows that no matter
how bad it can get, it can always get better.
made most evident in the album's spectular closer, "Song
for an American Movie Part 2." Learning How to Smile
opened with a brief but pretty "Song for an American
Movie Part 1," but it seemed like more of an intro track
than anything else. However, when you take Part 1 and then
listen to Part 2, the entire Songs for an American Movie
concept finally makes sense.
the sound of my little girl laughing / Makes me happy just
to be alive / Sometimes I am happy just to be alive."
are stuck making a decision on which album to pick up, Good
Time for a Bad Attitude seems like the obvious choice
- especially for fans of older Everlear. Still, the best option
would be to pick them both up and listen to them straight
it seems like this would have been better as a double album.
But then again they are two separate parts of life, and sometimes
in life you don't get the luxury of getting the bad with the
good. Sometimes you have to live through one to get to the
other. But you get to learn a lot through them both. Together
this all makes up the American movie.