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Post by Roxy » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:28 pm

Spin magazine gave it a good review, but I read it at the library, so I don't have it to type out.

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Music Review: Everclear - Welcome To The Drama Club

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Connie Phillips

September 21, 2006

This may not be the same Everclear you remember from the late '90s and the turn of the century. Former band members moved on to individual projects, so Art Alexakis put together a new group of players and moved from Capitol to an Independent label, Eleven Music, to return to the indie sound the band was once known for. The desired result was achieved. Going back to that root sound, Welcome to the Drama Club arrived on store's shelves September 12.

The subject matter is somewhat heavy, you don't have to look any further than the first single, 'Hater,' about break-ups to see just how heavy; the melodies, however are not all dark. They are reminiscent of songs from the previous album, Slow Motion Daydream, and its single 'Volvo Driving Soccer Mom.'

It still has a sharp edge; there is nothing pop about 'Hater.' The riffing guitars and rocking beat back the cut-to-the bone lyrics describing the pain and desolation that come with the end of a relationship. Alexakis has never denied he writes his music from a deep personal place, and the singer-songwriter is familiar with the emotions having lived through three divorces and a recent bankruptcy.

The majority of the album is akin to a bitter pill Alexakis is trying to swallow. 'A Shameless Use Of Charm,' about a dysfunctional couple, is another grunge rock-styled song with a bit of a blues guitar tossed in. It's a standout track and a good example of why, though Everclear may stray from the public eye from time to time, they are not forgotten. 'Portland Rain' is in the same vein. The moody whine of the lead vocals coupled with the moan of the guitar delivers the depressing plea of the genre, and lyrical message.

One of the few upbeat tracks is 'Shine.' In contrast to the majority of the album, it has a up-tempo and upbeat sound with hope-filled and warm lyrics. 'Glorious' is another of the less-dark songs, even though musically it is deeper and harsher than 'Shine,' but even when the mood turns lighter the bottom line is the same. The album is an emotional account about relationships -- the romantic kind – and most often their failure.

Welcome to the Drama Club is what you expect from Everclear. It stays true to the sound they are known for and obviously comes from a place deep inside singer/songwriter/guitarist Art Alexakis. Die hard Everclear fans will be pleased as will those who enjoy that late '90s grunge sound.

News and information about Everclear can be found at the band's official website. Streaming tracks of the single 'Hater' and older singles can be found at their Myspace Profile.

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Post by SlowMotionTimmah » Thu Sep 21, 2006 4:51 pm

thanks for posting.
"I think in all my songs, even though they seem depressing and dark, there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. It might be a long ass tunnel, but there's a definitely a light." - Art Alexakis

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Post by evermatt » Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:05 pm

Welcome to the Drama Club has no grunge sound to it that I've heard whatsoever. Also, it definitely does NOT return to their root sound. I think one of us should write a review and post it somewhere because it seems we are the only ones that know what we're talking about.

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Post by Sea Change » Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:25 pm

Great review...but as you guys said...it sounds nothing like old Everclear...
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Post by Stick Man » Thu Sep 21, 2006 8:28 pm

Grunge wasn't just distortion and flannel, grunge was the attitude and the lyrics.
Art still has grunge lyrics, but he lost the sound a long time ago.
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Post by evermatt » Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:17 pm

I don't hear any grunge lyrics, either. Sorry.

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Post by Rob » Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:05 pm

wtf. i've kept my mouth shut untill now, but it seems 80% of reviews are as off as this one.
are the people who write these so misinformed with other bands?

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