Slow Motion Daydream
UG Team, on july 22, 2003 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Overall Impression: Last Time We Left Off Art Alexakis Of Everclear he was letting everyone know about his life. But now, the Alt. Rock Threesome is back letting everyone know how they feel on polotics and other social issues out there.
The first song, aptly called HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE, is a spoof based on the book, by the same name, based no relationships.
Then Everclear goes back to their roots with BLACKJACK. Dissing Attorney General John Ashcroft and the liberties he is wanting To Take In A Post 9-11 world.
The following song is I WANT TO DIE A BEAUTIFUL DEATH based on living life in the 70s and wanting to get lost in excess.
VOLVO DRIVING SOCCER MOM is one of the more radio friendly songs on the record. It makes fun of Republicans who used to be porn stars and strippers.
SCIENCE FICTION is about all the bad things shown on the news in the past 2 years or so.
NEW BLUE CHAMPION is one of the more rock oriented songs on the record that will really stay in your head.
TV SHOW deals with livining in a broken hom.
CHYRSANTHEMUM is about the two Portland Oregon Teenagers killed not too far from Alexakis' home.
SUNSHINE (That Acid Summer) Is all about getting wasted and happy in a Taco Bell Bathroom
Then They Slow the Record down with, A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, strings and electric guitars never sounded so good.
Then the best song of the record, in my opinion, is THE NEW YORK TIMES, based on the US' war mongernig post 9-11.
Bottom Line: Heavy Rockers In A Reflective Mood. // 10
Slow Motion Daydream
americanmovie23, on june 06, 2005 0 of 0 people found this review helpful
Sound: This was the very last record put out by the Everclear that most people know of. After this record the bassist and the drummer left. However, they did leave us with a good sound. As compared to "Sparkle And Fade" and "So Much For The Afterglow" the guitars on this record are just a lot more layered. Art recorded 9 guitars on the song "TV Show." Craig is about average on the bass but there are certain parts where you can actually here him. But of the 11 songs on the album, Craig only plays on 9 of them. And Greg the dummer played just amazing. Greg Eklund is one of the more under rated drummers out there right now. All of this pieces come together to make Everclear's best sounding record ever. // 10
Lyrics: The lyrics arent special but they are still very good. On songs like "Blackjack" and "I Want To Die A Beautiful Death" the lyrics are the average Everclear lyrics about hating people, and hating things, and just not caring. Then there are some political lyrics. "Blackjack", "Volvo Driving Soccer Moms", and "Science Fiction" all have political meanings to them. "Blackjack" is a bombastment of Former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Saying "this is your american dream, everything was simple with the white in the black, never have to see the gray again, when you are happy with the blackjack".
Then you get into the sentimental songs. Songs like "Chrysanthemum", "A Beautful Life" and "The New York Times". All these songs are just so beautiful. "Chrysanthemum" is about the kidnap, rape, and murder of Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond in Portland Oregone (everclear's homeland). It is just a nylon string guitar, with an according, and only 1:41 in length, but it just leave you with chills. "The New York Times" deal with the murder of these two girls as well as September 11th. This was probably the best lyrically written everclear song ever. // 10
Overall Impression: This was Everclear last stand for Capitol records. This was also their biggest hit with the critics. Many Critics said that Everclear had created their own Sgt. Pepper album. And I would totally agree with that. // 10