Everclear's Sparkle And Fade Is Greatest Album Ever Recorded!!

OK, we know that's not true. But this album is so good that we had to get

your attention. We wrote about it yesterday. And we knew it was good then.

But after like a dozen more plays, we are now in Everclearland. We're so into

this album that we just had to tell you about it all over again. So here

goes. We're completely blown away by Sparkle And Fade, the new album

from Portland's Everclear. The track we've been hearing on the radio is the

controversial "Heroin Girl," which is about this guy's girlfriend, who he was

way, way into ("Ester used to be the kind of lover you would never leave/

She'd do anything to give me what I need/ For my disease/ She'd do

anything"), but who is found dead do to an overdose. The song careens along

at a breakneck pace, guitars roaring like a wreaking ball smashing through a

decaying building. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Art Alexakis has one of those

voices--Paul Westerberg and Mark Eitzel come immediately to mind--that you

become addicted to. Add some fine, fine writing (check out "Heartspark

Dollarsign," about a guy whose parents don't like him having a black

girlfriend, and "Summerland," about escaping to a place where "we could leave

behind another wasted year.") Recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios, the

album has a huge raw sound that is a good argument for occasionally actually

having a recording budget to work with. Go to a record store now and get this

album. It is brilliant. And catch the group live:

June 10 Los Angeles Dragonfly
June 11 Kansas City, MO Forum Amphitheater
June 23 Portland La Luna
June 24 Seattle King Theater