Sound — 10
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.
Lyrics — 10
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.
Overall Impression — 10
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.