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Welcome to the Drama Club
(Eleven Seven)

Spun: Everclear

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Yes, Everclear are still making music. No, Welcome to the Drama Club doesn't have anything new to offer that hasn't already been heard from Art Alexakis & co. before. With Welcome to the Drama Club, Alexakis, the only remaining original member, clearly hoped to capitalize on an honest, personal expression of the troubles he's been through since Everclear's 2003 breakup. The album's lyrics read like a VH1: Behind the Music episode, covering everything from his conversion from rockstar to washup, to his subsequent divorce and bankruptcy claim. One spin through the album leaves the listener feeling very much as if he or she was Alexakis' personal therapist, a position not to be envied.

The marketability of Alexakis' misery, however, is in conflict with the sheer redundancy of the music. The catchy pop hooks are still there, as are the ever-present sex references and trademark 'woa-oh's and 'yea-hey's. Nothing has changed about Everclear's music in the last ten years, except that Alexakis' monotone drawl has shifted from being quaint and charming to tired and stale. Unless the name Everclear doesn't ring any bells at all, the indulgence of nostalgia presents the only real argument as to why this album could be worth purchasing.

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Interesting review of Everclear's newest Cd "Welcome to the Drama Club". Being a diehard Everclear Fan I certainly disagree with your conclusions on their latest album. Referring to Art Alexakis as a "conversion from rockstar to washup" was certainly a low blow. I find his writing ability among the best in the business. In his latest CD once again Alexakis is able to draw from life experiences, some of which many of us have experienced,the lyrics that make you feel the pain and stress in his self-described "ultimate breakup album". His new band members are great musicians and their sound is better than ever. The new CD is intended for all of us who have ever been through the heartaches and frustrations that often accompany love and breaking up relationships. The strength of Everclears music has always been and continues to be the lyrics written by Alexakis. Songs like "Hater","Glorius" and "Portland Rain" are among my favorites on this new CD. My only complaint about Everclear is that they do not get the marketing promotion and play time on radio that they certainly deserve especially when compared to so many other rock groups. Try attending an Everclear Concert and the chances are very strong that you will be saying they are "Wonderful."!