In A Different Light
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The one thing I've always loved about Everclear is the ENERGY that they put into their music. Some of my all-time favorite songs are "Learn to Smile" and "When It All Goes Wrong Again" because it sounds like Art and the others are just pouring everything they have into the song. Even "slower" songs like "Wonderful" and "Santa Monica" still have a level of energy to them that I've always found unique to Everclear.
This album lacks that completely.
I mean, you know how some bands put out an album that is trying something different then their usual style, and it usually ends up being too "artsy" and basically gets ignored in the long run? (See: Metallica's St. Anger, Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother, anything by the Rolling Stones in the 90s)
This is that album for Everclear. In trying to do something different, Art gets too far from what made Everclear what they were. A lot of the songs it almost sounds like Art is just speaking the lyrics, and a few of them even sound a little off beat to me. I mean, it really went from this music that was loud and fun and in your face, to something that sounds like what you hear at an open mic night with a bunch of beatnik poets who snap their fingers because they're too cool to clap.
Is it terrible? No. Art still has a unique voice, and you can tell that everyone involved with the project is talented. But it does seem a little forced, and that just makes it bad.
I've grown tired of the bubblegum pop music everclear has put out as of late. They came onto the music scene with some heavy punk rock riffs and catchy rock tunes. If you are a fan of the old school everclear, especially World of Noise and Sparkle and Fade, don't even listen to this album. It's depressing.
I've listened to most of the songs on this album through Pandora and it pisses me off that Pandora ties the different light song to the original version thumbs up. IE pandora thinks it's the same song. Back to the review though.
The songs are different but not really that much different. It is not an MTV unplugged acoustic set, nor is it them trying something different like a remixed Hip Hop version, or country version, symphonic version with a philharmonic orchestra. No, the versions are surprisingly just different engough so that Art doesn't have to pay royalties to the owners of his original hits that he sold when he went bankrupt. The different light versions sound like crappy off key, off rhythm recordings, almost like a rough cut demo tape. Art even proclaims in "AM Radio" that he likes pop, he likes soul, he likes rock but he never liked Disco. Well, I would have liked to see him record any of their classic hits in anyone of those formats for a truly different feel. A Richard Cheese Lounge singer version would have been entertaining.
Bottom line: I'd pass on this album. Just create an Everclear station on Pandora and you'll get to hear all of these songs more than you care for.
Sometimes reworking a song at a different tempo or on alternate instruments can be amazing (see pretty much anything done by Vitamin String Quartet). I usually love acoustic versions of songs I already adore, but Art tried so hard to make these songs sound different that he lost everything that was good about them. They aren't just slower versions of the same songs. He throws in weird inflections that just seem awkward. This album is just all around terrible. I couldn't find a single song that I even remotely enjoyed.
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So let me begin by saying that I am a huge Everclear fan - from the beginning. I own every single CD, single, and I pretty much know every line of every song they have produced,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by R Turner
I love Everclear. Always have, always will. If you're expecting to hear the same music you did in the late 90s, you'll be disappointed. Same great songs... IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT! Read morePublished 11 months ago by maggie
This is a fantastic album, but it's less rock and roll than Everclear usually isPublished 16 months ago by CDP
I was surprised when a track form this album crossed my Pandora list. I hadn't heard the original in a long time, but I knew the new song was not it. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by IceOzzy
I love alternate versions of songs, especially by the original artist. And this cd is full of them! I read alot of reviews before purchasing, and a lot of people were complaining. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by Emerson Viles
Sounds like the band never showed up to rerecord and their producer just ran the originals through the auto-tune. I'll keep my 90's versions, thanks.Published on March 21, 2014 by britcelt18
great re stylings of their old songs instead of just doing a greatest hits or 'unplugged' versions of them !Published on November 16, 2013 by Jhaves
It only got four stars because the songs were previously released.
The songs were great! A bit different than the usual 'greatest hits' type album, a joy. To listen to.