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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B005EYP8KO
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Santa Monica
2. Wonderful
3. Father Of Mine
4. I Will Buy You A New Life
5. Everything To Everyone
6. I Won t Back Down
7. Unemployed Boyfriend
8. The Joker
9. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
10. Every Breath You Take
11. AM Radio
12. Brown Eyed Girl

Editorial Reviews

1. Santa Monica
2. Wonderful
3. Father Of Mine
4. I Will Buy You A New Life
5. Everything To Everyone
6. I Won t Back Down
7. Unemployed Boyfriend
8. The Joker
9. I Will Follow You Into The Dark
10. Every Breath You Take
11. AM Radio
12. Brown Eyed Girl

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately, Art ruins it by talking the verses rather than singing.
Shane K.
I have every Everclear album to date, I've seen them in concert many times, and even try to catch YouTube shots of Art's concerts with Max from Eve 6.
RarelyReview
Go look for their old stuff if you're interested in the tracks, they sound a lot better.
SlowBurn

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Schueler on September 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that this is not an Everclear album, at least not the Everclear you probably remember. It's a blatant cash grab by what can only be described as a glorified tribute act, "reworking" old hits and covering popular standards in an attempt to ride the wave of 90's alt-rock nostalgia. That would be forgivable if there was a shred of creativity or talent on display here, but there's not. Fans hoping to hear stripped down or re-arranged versions of radio staples like "Santa Monica" or "Father of Mine" are instead faced with almost note-for-note remakes of the originals, which somehow manage to be flatter than the songs they're trying to ape. Art, the lead singer and only original member of Everclear still in the "band", sounds dispassionate and is blatantly auto-tuned throughout (with "Everything to Everyone" being the worst offender).

If there's anything impressive about this album, it's that it manages to take songs you love and completely suck the soul out of them. "I Will Follow You Into The Dark", a somber yet heartfelt ode made famous by Death Cab for Cutie, is turned into a uptempo pop-punk number featuring a wall of generic drop d-tuned guitars that create sound that would be best suited for the teenage cover band at a bad high school prom. You'll probably never make it that far though, since Art's inane ramblings on "The Joker" are so bad that you'll likely toss your CD out of the car or delete every remnant of it from your iPod mid-song. Lines like "I must love you more than I love food, and I really love food" or "I am a middle aged man, a lot of tattoos, ONE nipple piercing -- because the cat took out the other one..." and it goes on, and on... for nearly 5 minutes in fact.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tom C on October 5, 2011
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Let's get this out of the way first - I am a die-hard Everclear fan. I have almost every released album (including live albums and the best buy original samplers) - heck, I bought the Scream 2 soundtrack just for 'The Swing'. I even have a copy of the Colorfinger album. That being said, I pretty much agree with J Shueler - the reproductions of the songs suck out any of the passion of the originals, and most of the songs sound like they are sung by the ArtAlexakis-A-Tron 2000. I regret buying this - I acutally skipped some songs because they were hollow mockeries, and I almost threw the cd out the car window during the first 30 seconds of 'Unemployed Boyfriend'. The only place where I differ from J Shueler is on 'The Joker' - it's definitely Art being Art, and was different and fun. Keep in mind that I disliked the rest of the cd so much they probably could have had a track of cats farting and I'd like it for breaking up the monotony, but I'll at least give 'The Joker' another listen - something that I can guarantee I won't do for the rest of the songs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SlowBurn on April 2, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Like almost every other reviewer who's posted reviews here so far, I too am a "die-hard fan" (I'm taking it everyone who isn't a die hard fan has long since lost patience with this band and no longer even cares what they put out)...

You know, back when "In a Different Light" came out I felt the same way. Mostly mediocre re-hashes of their hits-of-olde, with one or two "new" songs thrown in (they were horrible). They absolutely butchered most tracks, but I'll never forgive them for desacrating "At the End of the Day" like this. Ever.

Fast forward to "Return to Santa Monica", and what do we get? Another CD of badly re-done hits-of-olde, with one or two tracks of "new material" that underwhelms ("The Joker" is this albums "Here Comes the Darkness"?)

Never mind my disappointment though. (Next time I'm buying an album of theirs it better be brand spankin' new with ALL-NEW songs, not covers and re-hashes. Enough, how many more cash grabs will there be!?) Bottom line is:

If you're a NEW fan (a.k.a. saw them at a concert for the first time and feel like getting into the band): You'd be crazy to buy this. Go look for their old stuff if you're interested in the tracks, they sound a lot better. (IMO you could even buy the Summerland track off "In a Different Light", that was actually a decent cover).

If you're a fan hoping for something new and creative - stay away. Unless you absolutely *need* every single one of their releases sitting on your shelf (in which case you wouldn't read the reviews anyway, right? ;)) Just stay away. It's sad to see a band I loved all through my teenage years descend into this. The air's out and the tire's gone flat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Cutler on November 23, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Let me say - I love Everclear- their predictable,yet catchy, fun riffs kept me going through the 90s. I own all of their cds, singles, every soundtrack song is on my frequent playlist.

I can forgive them for the half effort of the Drama Club...but this cd isn't fair to your fans. The remakes of 'Everclear's Greatest Hits' are uninspired - missed a chance to do some acoustic versions or something to make them fresh. The covers sound like Vegas outtakes - Every Breath You Take is the weakest.

I have to say, the only classic song is Follow You Into the Dark...but the soul sucking on the other dozen tracks makes it seem like a last gasp - instead of an epic climax

Lets hope this isn't the sparkle & FADE for Everclear...
- Sincerely,
A dissapointed fan.
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