Songs From An American Movie Vol. 1: Learning How To Smile

by Everclear

(2000) Capitol

Personnel Art- Vocals,Guitar Craig-Bass Greg-Drums
Description Everclear's new album is nothing short of "Wonderful"
Posted By Will Lockett (49)
Directory Recordings: Rock/Pop
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On 1/29/2001, Will Lockett (49) posted:
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This is probably the best Everclear recording to date. After the first time I listened to it, I expected at least 5 of the songs to surface on the radio. There is a remake of Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" The hit "Wonderful" The Forthcoming single "AM Radio" and many other great songs. I reccomend "Here We Go Again","Learning How to Smile", and "Unemployed Boyfriend" This album reminds me more of Sparkle and Fade than So Much For the Afterglow did. It contains a lot of symphonic and bluegrassesque elements. Art employs interesting guitar parts in a very unconventional way. On "Wonderful" he records up to 7 guitars playing the same chord creating a "wall of sound" effect, and right before the chorus he play a little pentatonic lick, and doubles it an octave higher with another guitar. "Learning How To Smile" has some chord progressions that are unique to anything I've ever played. "Thrift Store Chair" has some interesting Banjo playing, as does the title track. This album, as well as the others by Everclear, contains the interpersonal lyrics and infectious hooks, without being very commercial. I hope the follow up Vol. 2, due in November, will be this good as well