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American Movie 2: Good Time for Bad Attitude
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
If scientists strived to merge crunchy, hook-heavy pop-rock-punk and the super-shiniest production techniques this side of Smashing Pumpkins, the result would probably sound exactly like Everclear's Songs from an American ... more »
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If scientists strived to merge crunchy, hook-heavy pop-rock-punk and the super-shiniest production techniques this side of Smashing Pumpkins, the result would probably sound exactly like Everclear's Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude. It's a hit-or-miss outing. On the one hand, it's a step up from the tepid Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1, and it takes the boys back to the loose but mighty muscularity that made Sparkle and Fade such a delight. Art Alexakis and company take some chances, like the funky groove of "Babytalk" and the ballad to bombast and back again of "Out of My Depth." On the minus side, the production is so slick that there's no friction, and rock music without friction is like, well, like large chunks of this Attitude. Definitely a mixed bag from Everclear. --Jason Josephes
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"Sometimes I am happy just to be alive"
r-rock44 | Kennewick, WA United States | 11/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, it is finally out! I have been patiently waiting for this album. You could say I am a big Everclear fan (not a freak that knows all about the band and tracks their every move). I just like the band, been to a few shows (on a side note they really do rock, a lot harder/heavier in concert)So, back to the CD. I have been waiting because in a way Songs Vol. 1 was a little too "poppy" for me. I like the CD, but it sort of went away from their past. Art promised that this CD (Songs Vol 2) would be a lot more heavy (not like Limp or Korn) but like hard rock of the days of old. It is safe to say that musically the band return to its roots. I think most would agree that Sparkle and Fade is their best album(...I might argue for World of Noise...but that's a different topic) This album musically is quite loud, guitars racing and drums beating! There are a few softer/ I should say mellower songs like SHORT BLONDE HAIR, OUT OF MY DEPTH, THE GOOD WITCH..., and OVERWHELMING. They all start off a little soft, but soon build to a tedious rage. The heaviest songs on the album is All F**KED UP and WHEN IT ALL...Another thing I would like to comment on is the lyrics. Lyrically they are strong...but a little different. What first attracted me to Everclear was Art's great lyrics. In the past he seems to tell stories about situations from his past or about people he knew. Art has the knack of telling stories that his large fan base can relate too. In Songs Vol 2, Art does things a little different. He seems to repeat the theme of his inner demons and how he is starting to accept them and deal with it. The best way he confides is a new love("You help me keep it all/ from slipping away" -GOOD WITCH) and his young daughter Annabella. In fact, in every song you will find the use of the pronoun "I". It seems to me that this album is the long lost SOLO project that Art scrap some time back. In a way this can be a negative or a positive...depends on if you can relate or if you get sick of hearing Art bitch (personally, I can still relate to his feelings)In sum, the album does deliver...it is a lot harder and a lot more like earlier albums then Songs Vol 1. My favorite song would be Overwhelming. Others that stick out are WHEN IT ALL..., SLIDE, MISERY WHIP, OUT OF MY DEPTH(in my opinion all great) Fans might also like the lyrically ironic...but not too ironic ROCK STAR and the tie in (both musically and lyrically) SONG FROM AN AMERICAN MOVIE Pt 2 to Pt 1 (Vol 1).Personally, I like all songs. On a last note the weakest song is Baby Talk. Musically (guitars, drums) it really rocks. Perhaps, would have been better as an instrumental. Art does bitch...but you will notice (the CD is a smiley face...not a frowning like vol 1) that he has accepted his past and is ready to move on..."Sometimes I am happy just to be alive" -SONG Pt 2 I GIVE IT A STAR RATING OF 4.5 OUT OF 5! FANS GO GET THE ALBUM...YOU SHOULD LIKE IT."
The Words From An American Movie
Colin | bay area, ca | 11/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a companion piece to vol. 1 learning how to smile you can tell just by comparing the titles which one is the darker one. Good Time For A Bad Attitude takes this feeling into the music too. Gone are the acoustic guitars and ukeleles and stuff in volume one, instead be prepared for a blistering attack of electric guitars, pounding bass, and drums being smacked so hard they should break. Picking off where vol. 1 left off, GTFABA goes into the despair and self-pity of just being through a break-up. Everything is not 'Wonderful' again and Art attacks not only himself (Slide) but the people in relationships (Babytalk) and dreams about being famous (Rock Star) and getting girls he knows he can't (Out of My Depth). Finally after the ultimate guilt trip (All... Up) he has a realization to rise above it all (Overwhelming) and finally brings the whole story full circle (Song From an American Movie Pt.2) All this is done with crunching guitars to produce the noisiest album Everclear has made. Very much recommended, if you have vol.1 you need this to complete the story and if you don't have vol.1 then buy them both at the same time."