EVERCLEAR – BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK
Release Date: 24 April 2015
℗ 2015 The End Records
- Sugar Noise
- The Man Who Broke His Own Heart
- American Monster
- This Is Your Death Song
- Simple And Plain
- Anything Is Better Than This
- Van Gogh Sun
- Pretty Bomb
Since 1993 Everclear have blessed the world with a constant staple of killer alternative rock, and their ninth instalment of studio gold has us getting lost in the noise and rocking us in tremendous style right from the get go.
This album is bursting with riffs of resounding excellence that will have air guitars rocking around the globe, doubtless causing any alien observers to scream WTF and get a copy for themselves.
The real challenge with this superb recording is to sit still and just listen because I’ve tried it, again and again, and you just can’t do it. Tracks like The Man Who Broke His Own Heart demonstrate the maturing of Everclear in the exploration of their experience and excellence.
American Monster immediately immerses me personally in memories of my days exploring Los Angeles and rings true of the constant eerie feeling of restlessness and impending danger typical of downtown. I would further challenge any listener to play this track walking home solo down Sunset Strip after a night at the Whiskey. Although a comparatively pleasant area of LA, this track will have you watching the shadows for the lurking devil intent on malevolent mischief.
The continuous magnificent melodies throughout this album and sensational contemporary sound of Everclear will, despite your best efforts, be reverberating through your cerebral playlist and your inner dialogue reciting the tremendous lines. ‘You’ may even have the naughty side of some frivolously testing the boundaries of relationships or perhaps recalling that monster man of multiple personalities or the psycho hose beast from the past many of us seem to have stuffed in the closet. I hope it does bring you closer together. (Sentiment from your author delivered with an evil knowing grin)
This Is Your Death Song is a tremendous track we all associate with in one way or another. Yet again Everclear deliver for us the perfect track for sombre reflection, panicked pleading and eventual venom spitting of the finest order.
So, I offer just a taste of reflective ramblings to accompany the brilliant tracks produced by Everclear. Prepare your past and grab a copy now. Align life’s journey as it is summed up by strangers, so well, that you may to be ‘uncomfortable in your skin.’ Magnificent stuff indeed.