Title - 'Invisible Stars' (eOne)
Artist - Everclear
Invisible Stars, is Everclearís first collection of new songs in six years. That and the fact it is also the band's first eOne release.
Trust me when I say that these 12 new songs embody the same qualities of sonic punch, sturdy songcraft and edgy introspection that have long endeared Everclear to its large and loyal worldwide fan base.
The album opens with 'Tiger In A Burning Tree,' a track that comes complete with some great sonically-woven vocals, but never lets Art of his leash. The frenetic 'Falling in a Good Way' kinda changes that game plan, before the more sedate storytelling 'Be Careful What You Ask For' ("life looks better when you drink away the pain; life looks better when you look away") comes along next.
With the sing-along cruise of 'Volcano' up next, it's the melodic 'Santa Ana Wind' that brings us the Everclear we know and love. Then comes 'Wishing,' another song that maintains the same musical and emotional resonance that first struck deep into the hearts of those early '90s listeners/fans.
Up next is the sonic vocals of 'I am Better Without You,' with both 'Aces' and the brilliant storytelling of 'Jackie Robinson.' Thsi wonderful new album ends with the frantic 'The Golden Rule,' the lullaby of 'Rocket For The Girl,' and the sweetness of 'Promenade.'