12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Make no mistake: Everclear is Art Alexakis. His backing musicians proceed through a revolving door, and keeping track of them requires a spreadsheet. What's for certain is that this is the first album of new Everclear material since 2006's Welcome to the Drama Club. It feels as if he's been saving these songs for a while. Each track comes packed with hooks and a brightness that's extremely welcoming. He's aware of time going by, but he sounds pretty perplexed that the '90s slipped away, along with alternative rock's hold on the radio. He sounds determined to retake those airwaves. "Volcano" is a gentle, medium-tempo pop song, while "Falling in a Good Way" and "Be Careful What You Ask For" work the peppy punk-pop angle that makes it sound as if it's 1996 all over again. "Wishing" captures Alexakis' reflective side. "Aces," "The Golden Rule," and "I Am Better Without You" should energize live audiences; their rapid-fire deliveries will make for pure concert excitement. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Make no mistake: Everclear is Art Alexakis. His backing musicians proceed through a revolving door, and keeping track of them requires a spreadsheet. What's for certain is that this is the first album of new Everclear material since 2006's Welcome to the Drama Club. It feels as if he's been saving these songs for a while. Each track comes packed with hooks and a brightness that's extremely welcoming. He's aware of time going by, but he sounds pretty perplexed that the '90s slipped away, along with alternative rock's hold on the radio. He sounds determined to retake those airwaves. "Volcano" is a gentle, medium-tempo pop song, while "Falling in a Good Way" and "Be Careful What You Ask For" work the peppy punk-pop angle that makes it sound as if it's 1996 all over again. "Wishing" captures Alexakis' reflective side. "Aces," "The Golden Rule," and "I Am Better Without You" should energize live audiences; their rapid-fire deliveries will make for pure concert excitement. 

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