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Welcome to the Drama Club
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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 11 September 2006
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 92.99 Grams
- Manufacturer : Eleven Seven Music
- Manufacturer reference : 76
- Original Release Date : 2006
- Run time : 55 minutes
- Label : Eleven Seven Music
- ASIN : B000H7J9YY
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 75,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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One of the most dominant bands of the '90s is back. Fueled by the powerful songwriting of Art Alexakis, the single "Hater" is a return to the sound that scored Everclear several multi-platinum hits on alternative rock and MTV, including mainstays like "Santa Monica", "Father Of Mine", "Everything To Everyone", "I Will Buy You A New Life", and "Wonderful". "Art Alexakis is one of the only rock stars around with anything to say about real life" - Rolling Stone.
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I'd listened to Hater online and really didn't think too much of it - kind of repetitive and sounded like it could have come off Slow Motion Daydream, but after reading the reviews here, I realized that those who were slagging this CD were actually slagging the band, not the CD (see my comment in response to one). Think what you may of the band, but this is a review of the album, regardless of the make up of the band or your views on Art Alexakis. So, after seeing them live recently (they rocked!) and liking Portland Rain live, I bought the album in the hopes that I'd at least get a song or two that would be listenable.
It really is an easy CD to listen to first time - something that's hard to achieve in anything but a radio-happy sell out. Subsequent listens take you deeper and deeper into the layers of the songs, and the content is definitely there. What I'm enjoying about this album is that the characters have been developed. The Drama King is reminiscent of some earlier songs that demonstrate empathy for the female perspective (Amphetamine and others), while the confessional Now shows a personal growth I haven't seen in Art's writing previously. Portland Rain, while a beautiful demonstration of longing, maintains its angry edge and doesn't descend into self-pity. Clean is a touching plea to his daughter, and one that most parents can relate to - wanting the best for their child and hoping like hell you don't let them down.
For the most part, Art seems to have got his head together, but then, we've all thought he's done that before (as he's probably thought also). There's definite growth in his writing on this album, and musically, this is a creative, diverse offering. Maybe that's thanks to the new line-up, or maybe it's Art back on track. Whatever, it's good - the larger band definitely gives the album a fuller sound without turning to fluff.
I guess my only gripes are the name and cover - I mean really, how cliche? If you can get past that though, you'll enjoy it - well, until you hit Annabella's truly horrid and cringe-worthy rap/harmonica piece right before Your Arizona Room. I don't know what Art had done that he had to make it up to his 13 year old daughter by giving her a "silent" track amongst the actual CD (seriously, Art, could you not have let her do it after a 10 minute silence after the last track or something? No, Art, it isn't cute, and she isn't that talented...why don't you sponsor her own CD so it doesn't screw up yours?), but it is terrible. Annabella, sweetie, if you're reading this, I'm sorry and keep trying to create music, but don't make your Daddy put it on his CD when he's trying to make a come back, ok?
Right, now that's out of my system, my overall impression of the CD is that this is a worthy return to form after the dismal Slow Motion Daydream. Welcome back!