EVERCLEAR Slowmotion Daydream (EMI) Rating: Nn Rating: NN
Everclear's band bio reads like an episode of Oprah, recounting all the hardships the members had to endure to get where they are today. Phrases like "cycle of self-abuse" and "personal demons" seem like cheap ploys for sympathy. I'm sorry that Art Alexakis grew up in the projects and lost both his brother and girlfriend to drug overdoses. Truly, I am. But that doesn't make this record any good. From the very beginning, Everclear have been cranking out the same predictable, post-grunge alternative rock that was already played out by the time they hit the scene in the mid-90s. And Slowmotion Daydream is just more of the same. The whole package of guitar riffs, beats and bass line is tired and uninspired.
Everclear, with the Exiles and Authority Zero, hit the Kool Haus April 7, 2003.