Album: "So Much for the Afterglow"
Year Released: 1997
No. of Discs: 1
No. of Tracks: 13
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01. "So Much for the Afterglow"
02. "Everything to Everyone"
04. "Normal Like You"
05. "I Will Buy You A New Life"
06: "Father of Mine"
07: "One Hit Wonder"
08: "El Distorto de Melodica"
10: "White Men In Black Suits"
12: "Why I Don't Believe In God"
13: "Like A California King"
Well, it's my scheduled turn for "Album-A-Day" this week, and I must apologize for my lack involvement with this forum for the past couple weeks...
Anyways, I figured to start with one of my favorite albums to be released w/in the past 10-years.... "So Much for the Afterglow" had several solid moments in it, especially the lyrics/story telling by Art Alexakis.....Everclear has such a distinctive sound....To me theyre the "slice of Americana" since they cover a broad spectrum of American music.... They incorporate a unique blennd of Punk, Alternative, Hard Rock, with some Soul influences....
I love how the beginning of "So Much of the Afterglow" has a Beach Boys vocal influence to begin the album with so much positive vibes, but then all throughout the album..Everclear manages to trigger varying emotions....
My favorite songs are "Everything to Everyone" (since the lyrics are so true regarding a few people I know that try to make everyone happy regardless, even if they're not genuine about it).... "I Will Buy You a New Life" because how it conveys a tale of someone's willingness to make another person more fulfilled at all cost..... "Father of Mine" regarding how he felt neglected by his father while growing up, just performed with a solid sense of conviction.... "Amphetamine" begins with how much the subject of the song had lots of hope when she changes scenery (possessing lots of enthusiasm), however, the mood of the song changes midway through because she's still questioning her life....that the physical change of scenery doesnt necessarily mean that her state of mind will improve, but to still be assured..... Other stand-outs are "One Hit Wonder", "Like A California King", and "White Men In Black Suits", however, there are no weaknesses on this album.....