The 90’s revival continues. I’m not sure there’s a place on the radio for Everclear anymore, but the band has released a new album of material that sounds pretty much like it was plucked from the middle of the Clinton era. Invisible Stars recalls Everclear’s best work, a poppy mix of dark pathos and up tempo alternative pop that made them popular with songs like “Santa Monica” and “Wonderful.” Working with another new band lineup, bandleader Art Alexakis has written a batch of dark stories that look at life in the 21st Century tales.
“Volcano” is about fleeing the world and all its hassles. “Falling in a Good Way” is the anti-“Glory Days,” where Alexakis’s reflection on life’s shortcomings isn’t as jovial as Springsteen’s famous hit. In the slow rocker, “Wishing,” Alexakis pleads with a girl to stay and not leave him alone. “I Am Better Without You” is about… well, that one’s pretty self-explanatory.
Not everything is doom and gloom on the new album. “Santa Ana Wind,” my favorite on the album, is a love letter to Alexakis’s hometown of Los Angeles. Listening to that track and hearing the affection in the singer’s voice makes me wish this new collection contained more upbeat numbers. Alas, I’m not the band’s core audience and I know that Alexakis’s fans like his writing just the way it is. With Production and musicianship up there with the band’s best work from the 90’s, Everclear fans should be thrilled with Invisible Stars.
By: Scott Malchus