- So Much for the Afterglow
Life in a Wonderful Way
is a song about Susan. This is a song about the girl
next door. This is a song about the everyday occurences
that make you feel like letting go. Yes I think we got
a problem. So much for the afterglow."
You ever think
that way? I do, and I am sure a lot of you have as
well. Come on, there is no denying it. This is
real life. We live it everyday, as does Art Alexakis
and Everclear. Funny how real life can be do so much
for a song, isn't it? For real life is what Art sings
about. The music touches home in many of his listeners,
which is the reasoning I have been told by more than a few
people that they think Art Alexakis is one of today's best
So Much for
the Afterglow is Everclear's third CD, their follow-up
to the popular Sparkle and Fade (1995). Their
first album, World of Noise was released by an Indie
label in 1993. As with other fine bands, when listening
to the albums in order you can notice the growth in all directions
with the music and lyrics. On the new album, the punk
style has become less of a centerpoint in the music.
They still use their 3-chord progressions, but have moved
on to more instruments than just guitar, bass, and drums.
"Why I Don't Believe in God" features Alexakis
As mentioned above,
they have grown lyrically as well. Alexakis in 37 years
old, and has lived life. He knows what it is like to
be a teenager. He knows what it is like to be in your
twenties. He knows what is is like to love, marry, and
raise a family. His lyrics stem from this life.
One of the most popular singles from this album "I Will
Buy You a New Life" is a song of perseverance and doing
whatever you can do make the best of what you have.
In the intro to this song when I last saw them in concert,
Alexakis spoke of knowing what it is like not to have it all.
He was not one of the people who has "never had the joy
of a welfare Christmas". Alexakis worked his ass
off to get where he is, and now he can afford "that big
house way up in the west hills". His songs speak
of the happiness, sadness, anger, torment, love, and hate
that all are part of our lives. "Why I Don't Believe
in God" is a song about the nervous breakdown his mother
experienced when Art was eight years old. The first
single "Everything to Everyone" is basically a song
about fakers or poseurs - people who try to be whatever other
people want. The latest single "Father of Mine"
is a song of the father who was never there.
Overall this is
an impressive album. Fans of Everclear no doubt will
be pleased, as will newcomers. The music is not as
punk and intense as in the previous albums (barring a few
tracks such as the instrumental - "El Distorto de Melodica").
I love the album, but then again I love Everclear.
at me and tells me everything will be alright".
Much for the Afterglow
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