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World Of Noise - Everclear

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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Grunge / Artist: Everclear / Audio CD released 2002-10-21 at Fire Records [SFIRE021CD]

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      07.06.2001 05:49
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      Finally, after several months of waiting I got hold of World of Noise, the debut album by American Rockers Everclear. In fact, I got two – both sent to the wrong address. There’s a joke based on busses there should anyone wish to grab it. But was it worth the wait? Well… No. This Everclear on recording on the cheap, indeed – part of the album was the bands demo prior to being signed and the guitar amp used to record the album needed a rest every so often to prevent it from producing blue flames. Compared to Everclears other albums it’s somewhat lacking. There’s a lot of energy floating round but it’s not tapped to such good effect as on Sparkle and Fade and compared to the multi-layered rock masterpiece that is So Much for the Afterglow it’s a touch one dimensional. At times almost descending into… Punk Rock – eeek! * Your Genius Hands * An extremely repetitive guitar riff starts this song off while Art Alexakis’s singing is somewhat rough although the song does still have some charm to it. The rip your face off descending guitar riff is a highlight of the song but if I take off my rose tinted glasses for a moment and forget this is an Everclear song I’d only describe it as average. Better then Blink 182, but not as good as Nirvana. * Sick and Tired * Fairly dull this one, fairly tuneless shouty vocals with discordant guitars. Everclear at their punkiest and with me not being the biggest fan of punk in the world – I’m not a big fan of this track. * The Laughing World * An interesting intro dissolves into a less than interesting song. Chugging guitars with staccato feedback disappear into a fairly forgettable punk rock by numbers (Only in 1995 when this album was released I guess it may have been of more interest). Art’s voice is on better form though – he’s hitting all the notes.
      * Fire Maple Song * Ah yes, this is more like the Everclear I know and love. Starting slowly and calmly it gradually builds into a world of noise (groan) with the hookline “I can’t smile” amongst the quality of lyrics you come to expect from Alexakis. Having said that, the acoustic version of White Trash Hell is better. * Pennsylvania Is… * Best song on the album easily, although I guess that’s not a great complement on this album – which is a shame because this is a good song. All about a girl who had to go travelling to get an abortion because the state she was in had a governor who was very anti abortion. Driving clean guitars push the song along providing an excellent vehicle for Alexakis’s real world style lyrics. * Nervous & Weird * Very garage band this one. Find three chords and shout a bit. I wouldn’t even describe this as average. Very forgettable. * Malevolent Sparkle * A rather nice bass riff starts off this gentle song. Although of course, the song does ungentleify itself during the duration, it never descends into punk rock. Another highlight of the album. * Trust Fund * Back to unmemorable throwaway stuff again I’m afraid, the only unique thing about this song that makes it stand out on the album is the sheer amount of feedback. Get a new sound engineer lads! I’m available :). * Loser Makes Good * Slightly better than Trust Fund at times the guitar plays a rather good edgey verging on the discordant riff. For the rest of the song though, just re-read any of the tracks I wasn’t overly complimentary about! * Invisible * Gentleness takes Everclear over again and it gives the lyrics a chance to come through, although Art’s not singing isn’t the best. Good lyrics if somewhat laden with profanities. * Evergleam *
      A fuzzed up mess to end the album on, it’s all very garage band and pretty dull though I guess it’s a fitting way to end the album bearing in mind the average quality of the tracks. This is without a doubt Everclears worst release, I certainly wouldn’t have signed them on the basis of it. Although considering their following albums, especially the two immediately after that would have been quite a bad mistake. * Useful Links * www.whitelightning.org – good fan site www.everclearonline.com – official site

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Your Genius Hands
      2 Sick And Tired
      3 Laughing World
      4 Fire Maple Song
      5 Pennsylvania Is...
      6 Nervous And Weird
      7 Malevolent
      8 Sparkle
      9 Trust Fund
      10 Loser Makes Good
      11 Invisible
      12 Evergleam

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