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So Much for the Afterglow
So Much for the Afterglow
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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"This is a song about Susan" is the first line of Everclear's follow-up to the deservedly platinum Sparkle and Fade. That personalization is one of Art Alexakis's greatest gifts to postgrunge rock; rather than float genera...  more »


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All Artists: Everclear
Title: So Much for the Afterglow
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 58
Label: Capitol
Original Release Date: 10/7/1997
Release Date: 10/7/1997
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724383650323, 724383650316, 724383650354

"This is a song about Susan" is the first line of Everclear's follow-up to the deservedly platinum Sparkle and Fade. That personalization is one of Art Alexakis's greatest gifts to postgrunge rock; rather than float generalized rage over the ever-growing roar of his power trio, he tells you his stories, those of the people around him, some he makes up--and makes them all yours in the end. The development in the music here, from the Beach Boys-style chorale at the top of the title cut to the new wavey jerkiness of "Everything to Everyone" and "Normal Like You," boasts of not only the band's surefootedness but Alexakis's own generosity. The latter is best reflected in "Father of Mine," one of the saddest, most brutal songs about family ever. --Rickey Wright

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Louis G. from BEAR LAKE, MI
Reviewed on 3/21/2017...
This album speeds by your ears and it sounds very good. At times it almost sounds like a few Christian rock bands I have listened to. Father of Mine and Everything to Everyone are standout songs.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
D. P. (MusicMan) from NEW YORK, NY
Reviewed on 8/29/2007...
Check out these reviews of the critics (and then see the track list below):

Spin (11/97, p.141) - 8 (out of 10) - " general, these guys now seem less and less compelled to prove punk credentials by hiding their melodies under barrages of gunk. They still sound restless...and they're still obsessed with the hungry, hollow place where good things die and lovers lose the power to make each other laugh..."

Q (1/01, p.124) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...A set of angular, driving, in-your-face numbers....with 'Amphetamine' being the best surly punk song Nirvana never wrote."

So Much For The Afterglow
Everything To Everyone
Ataraxia (Media Intro)
Normal Like You
I Will Buy You A New Life
Father Of Mine
One Hit Wonder
El Distorto De Melodica - (TRUE instrumental)
White Men In Black Suits
Why I Don't Believe In God
Like A California King
Alex D. (iamthed) from STERLING HTS, MI
Reviewed on 12/29/2006...
Great album.
Lynne S. (lds0423) from RUTLAND, VT
Reviewed on 8/19/2006...
new to me; never listened.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

It's Hard To Dislike This
noashtray | 06/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album from Everclear had all the makings of failure. The lyrics and music are sometimes too similar to SPARKLE AND FADE, and of course alternative rock bands usually never succeed with their follow up to a breakthrough release. This went against the trends though because in the end, it's just a great collection of songs that are hard to dislike. Alexakis does tend to repeat himself with the negative subjects dominating almost every song, but at least he's singing about something he knows and cares about. Nothing here has the immediate impact of "Santa Monica" at first listen, but I found myself hooked to tracks like "Everything To Everyone," "One Hit Wonder," and "Father Of Mine" in no time at all. As on SPARKLE AND FADE, it's again obvious that Alexakis cares about the lyrics he has written and his emotion never falters throughout. It seems that "I Will Buy You A New Life" is the only questionable song here as it broods with arrogance in my mind, but as far as the slower tracks are concerned anyway, "White Men In Black Suits" is one of the best offerings here with its expressive content and delicate pace. Everclear has established themselves as a force with SO MUCH FOR THE AFTERGLOW and my guess is they'll sound basically the same on their upcoming releases, which is fine with me."
Andrew Breeden | Maryland, USA | 03/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is CD is extremely different, creative and genius. When I first bought it, I was so overwhelmed by its superiority that I could barely pick up the subtle undertones. Some CD's you can pick them up, listen to them hear everything and be through with it. This CD is not like that I promise. It won't fill you up or let you down. You'll always be hungry for more. The lyrics take some time to digest. Even songs like, "I Will Buy You a New Life" are saying things without saying them. I order to fully understand them you need Sparkle and Fade and World of Noise. This CD is a little bit more clearly laid out than their previous CD. It's funny how the song may sound uplifting on first glance; the songs may sound uplifting. Good old Art can always make you feel like things might be better in a different world, though. So Much For The Afterglow has a bit of a different sound to it. The guitars are a bit lighter, but still well used. The key difference, is the use of horns, strings and keyboards to give the album a bit of a richer, more pop feel to it. If your look for good old Everclear goodness, although you can always crank up "El Distorto de Melodica". In conclusion, this CD is diverse and great. Everclear still takes the prize for greatest artist ever. Way to go Art, Craig and Greg, I look forward to your next effort. IF YOU ARE EVER LOOKING FOR A THERAPY SESSION POP IN SOME EVERCLEAR! (it always works for me)P.S. sorry it took me so long to get this review up. I wanted to give myself ample digesting time, because of its complex sounds and lyrics."