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In A Different Light

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Everything to Everyone
  2. Wonderful
  3. At the End of the Day
  4. Santa Monica
  5. Summerland
  6. Here Comes the Darkness
  7. Father of Mine
  8. Fire Maple Song
  9. Rock Star
  10. Learning How to Smile
  11. I Will Buy You a New Life


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B002LMOC68
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ok, let me preface this by saying that I was VERY excited when I heard that Everclear had put out some new material. I want to point this out as it contributes to the review, because I was pretty disappointed.

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.
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I've been a huge everclear fan for a long time - since their second album, Sparkle and Fade. I can't tell you how disappointed I am with this album. None of the remastered songs are "better" than the original versions. They're all slower, more produced, and sappier. I didn't think it was possible for everclear to screw up a song like Summerland, but they found a way. I miss Everclear when it was guitar, bass, and drums.

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.
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First off I'm an Everclear Fan. I just saw them at the Summerland Tour and they were good. However, this album is not.

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.
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It is rare for me to say I don't like something Art Alexakis has done. I've always loved his energy and expressive lyrics. I stuck with Everclear from Sparkle and Fade all the way up through Welcome to the Drama Club. I own Frogpond's Count to 10, which Art produced and sang backup on. I even managed to dig up most of his Colorfinger album online. To say that I love the man's music is an understatement.

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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Art Alexakis is a POWERFUL and MASTERFUL Songwriter who conveys emotional and intellectual perspectives and insights in each of these songs. These renditions enable me to hear 'how' he 'means' what he is expressing. I, personally, rate his songwriting ability right up there in the league with John Lennon, Paul McCartney (during the Beatle Era); Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Tony Joe White (and Willie Nelson during the Late '70's and 1980's). I sincerely hope that he and his group of excellent musicians will 'Revisit' and 'recreate' more renditions, from their already superb catalog of previously recorded songs. Best Wishes and Keep on Going, Art! There will always be a 'Place in the Sun,' for Noteworthy Works such as THIS! ( Album Appraised: In A Different Light )
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