Return to TuneVault.com Home Page
  Artists | Music News | Reviews | Video | MP3 | Stolen Gear Listings | Members | More:  Join the TuneVault community!
music reviewsMusic Gear Studio Gaming Movies
Recent Reviews
• Music Movie •
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me - Read it

• Music Movie •
20 Feet From Stardom - Read it

• Sci-Fi Movie •
Avatar - Read it

• Alternative Music •
Everclear - In A Different Light Read it

• CD Music •
The Bushpilots - Seven Ways To Broadway Read it

• Live Music •
Craig Cardiff, Matthew Barber, Julie Fader - Live at Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield Quebec Read it

• Drama Movie •
Capote - Read it

• Drama Movie •
Brokeback Mountain - Read it

• Drama Movie •
Syriana - Read it

• Live Music •
Jim Bryson, Justin Rutledge - Live at the Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield QC Read it

Browse the Review Archives

MUSIC REVIEW (Alternative)
Everclear
In A Different Light

Artist Home Page
American $ at Amazon.com
CDN $ at CDPlus.com

Released: 10/16/2009


Everclear's new album "In A Different Light" is not a cover of The Bangles' 1986 album "Different Light". One could only hope. It does, however, purport to show the band in, well, a different light, by covering previously released Everclear songs. If replacing an occasional guitar part with the same part played on a Hammond organ, and replacing an occasional electric guitar intro with the same thing played on acoustic guitar, constitutes "a different light" then... mission accomplished. But perhaps "In An Almost Imperceptably Different Hue" would be a more appropriate album title.

Everclear's best-known lineup, consisting of Art Alexakis, bassist Craig Montoya and drummer Greg Eklund, spawned several albums and many anthemic rock nuggets including "Santa Monica", "Everything To Everyone", "Father Of Mine", "Wonderful", and "AM Radio" (a notable omission from this album, probably because it is so dependent on production and samples for its impact). This lineup dissolved in 2003 and it seems Alexakis has had a hard time keeping things together since. While "In A Different Light" could have been an indication that he has now assembled a solid backing band with which to record new material, all of the musicians on the album quit, shortly before the album's release. What remains is a snapshot of rehearsals with band members who have all left to pursue other interests.

Ultimately the question that comes to mind is, "What's the point?" The album is "unplugged" enough to be unplugged, isn't "live" enough to be live, and isn't different enough to be significant. Just when a song hints at being different with an acoustic guitar intro, the bombastic drums and bass come in and any difference gets buried in the mix.

For the hard-core fan, these just-slightly-different versions might be of interest. For anyone else, stick with the versions you've already got (or which are available on the original albums and greatest-hits compilations) and hope for some new material from the new new new Everclear in 2010.

Steve Donnelly Email WWW

Tasty Tidbits...

• Music •
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Big Star)
You may not think you know Big Star. But you know that song that was used as the theme of That 70's ... More...

• Music •
20 Feet From Stardom (Various Artists)
Another in a series of "give the backup performers their due" documentaries (see also Standing In Th... More...

• Sci-Fi •
Avatar (Sigourney Weaver, Giovanni Ribisi, Sam Worthington)
Call the police! Someone stole my folder of creative writing from grade 6 English class, which inclu... More...

• CD •
The Bushpilots - Seven Ways To Broadway
One of the biggest challenges faced by a rock band is duplicating their live energy in a recording, ... More...

Browse the review archives

Join the TuneVault.com mailing list! Join the mailing list Privacy Policy

  ABOUT/HELP CONTACT STORE TICKETS ARTISTS
PHOTOS
CALENDAR CLASSIFIEDS CONTEST
FEATURES MP3 NEWS REVIEWS
 

Login and update your page! Login and update your page! Free artist pages! Submit reviews, venues, artist pages, whatever! Search the site Site Map Help me Rhonda! About TuneVault

TuneVault.com and all contents are
©1999-2006 TenVolt Consulting Inc.
TuneVault.com Home