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Sparkle & Fade [Import]

Everclear Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Jan 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000006YK7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,173 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

20 Tracks - D1-1. Electra Made Me Blind D1-2. Heroin Girl D1-3. You Make Me Feel Like A Whore D1-4. Santa Monica D1-5. Summerland D1-6. Strawberry D1-7. Heartspark Dollarsign D1-8. The Twistinside D1-9. He

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST ALBUM OF THE 90'S 5 Aug 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This is absolutely the best rock album i have ever heard. The songs are very catchy and quite varied, ranging from the emotion filled "heroin girl" to the sing-a-long "santa monica". From the addrenaline filled "chemical smile" to the mellow and beautiful "My Sexual Life".
The lyrics are some of the best you'll find, they deal with darker subjects (like racism, drugs, suicide etc) but are intelligent and cleverly written - eg "You treat me like im on fire, like im something to eat, you make me hate what i see, when i see me". Also they are sung with so much feeling and emotion that they really hit the mark.
The guitar and drum work is also excellent, with some great riffs and beats. "My sexual life" has some of the most mellow and touching chords your likely to hear, whilst "Her brand new skin" has an addrenaline filled beat.
Sparkle and Fade truly does sparkle, but with no fillers in sight it never fades. Every song is strong and different, and a classic in its own right. Nirvana may have established punk rock, but Everclear perfected it with this album. Buy it now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant fusion of Punk rock , pop and Grunge 10 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Everclear's debut album "World of Noise" only showed fleeting glimpses of Everclear's potential and ability to take the best things out of punk rock , pop and grunge and fuse them together into something brilliant. This was due to a low recording budget and having Scott Cuthbert on drums who is by far inferior to Greg Eklund.
On Sparkle and Fade Everlcear come to the fore with their raging punk sounding guitars , grunge esque vocals and melodic pop sensibilities. A.P. Alexakis's lyrics are deep and somewhat prosaic flashbacks to his lifetime growing up surrounded by "White Trash" slobs , drugs addicts and sex. From that broad analysis of the band you would expect something of severe mediocrity. But it just seems impossible to ignore the fact that
Everclear , and particularly Art Alexakis are so much better than their peers. Alexakis speaks from experience rather than from a current stand point. This is shown in song's like "Santa Monica" and "Heroin Girl". Two gorgeously melodic punk rock songs that are about rather standard rock topics but are saved by Alexakis's excellent songwriting and great ear for melody. This album however does also contain diversity as it swings into darker more mellow numbers such as "My Sexual Life" and "Queen of the Air."
Save your money on the likes of Nirvana and Soundgarden the fact is that this album is shockingly underrated and is better than most of the other Grunge and Punk revival that dominated the 90s.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everclear at their best 2 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is quite simply the best Everclear album of them all. Many people are familiar with Songs from an American Movie or So Much for the After Glow, but this album is much more powerful than its successors. Although the later Everclear albums are undoubtedly good, this album is better for people more interested in a punk or grunge influence. Being quite a long time Everclear fan, I found their first album slightly too raw, and the following albums are too pop orientated. This album is a definate for people with a liking for pop grunge without leaning too much towards pop. You Make Me Feel Like a Whore, Nehalem, Santa Monica and Chemical Smile are particular stand out tracks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best Everclear album to date. 9 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is pretty much the best album in the world... That's about all I need to say. It accomodates for all rock tastes with slow thoughtful ballads ('Pale Green Stars', 'Strawberry') to epic power rock songs ('The Twistinside', 'Electra Made Me Blind'). It also includes Everclear's punkier side with the showing off of songs such as 'Chemical Smile', 'Nehalem' and 'Her Brand New Skin'. This is without question one of the finest geek rock albums around. There isn't of a bad riff or note anywhere on the CD, and Art Alexakis' thoughtful lyrics are up there with the best, giving even Rivers Cuomo a run for his money. Hang your head in shame if you don't already own this album.
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I bought Sparkle and fade from this Amazon site early this year and THIS HAS TO BE MY GREATEST ALBUM PURCHASE EVER!!!! Although this album is from 1995 it has aged well and around that time with Blur,OASIS and Radiohead hitting the scene the American rock scene was kind of ignored.....and what a bad mistake it was to do that!!!Everclear are one of the undiscovered treasures of American rock-punk-pop...Sparkle and Fade is just an emotional rollercoaster ride with a lot of rock tunes that are soulful and catchy....The album deals with addiction,racism and childhood,the stand out tunes are Santa Monica,Summerland, Twistindale,Heartspark Dollar Sign and Nehalem.I can't beleive I totally overlooked this album years ago!!!!If you are a Foo Fighters fan or sick of nu-metal buy this album,I gurantee it will be the best album u have ever heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is arguably Everclear's best. It marks a stage in their musical development from their early Punk style, to the one evident in their late albums like "So Much For The Afterglow". Because of this it is a musical mix of the two making it very interesting and great to listen to.
Once again it combines very strong lyrics which you can relate to with great guitar etc, and the album contains some of their strongest songs. My favourite is the 3rd track - "You Make Me Feel Like A Whore " but this was a hard decision to make because i can honestly say that i love them all !
Probably the only down side to the album is that if you have only heard Everclear's later stuff then you may find it hard to adjust to this different sound. But if you like Everclear you are sure to love this album with attitude !
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best they have to offer
right then its this simple...this is the best work everclear have done and probably also one of the best albums of the last decade
the songwriting is phenomenally simple and... Read more
Published on 24 July 2007 by whitetrashtrixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Everclear "Sparkle and Fade"
The best Everclear album of the sparky rockers from Oregon, Sparkle and Fade is not dissapointing. This album will generally become the most memorable in Everclear history. Read more
Published on 1 July 2002 by Mgb Finan
5.0 out of 5 stars You Ain't Seen Nothin...
Until you hear Everclear's 'Sparkle and Fade'. Art Alexakis' penetrating lyrics, the massive guitars frequenting the entire album, Craig Montoya's rocking bass line and Greg... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Album
This album is not very good at all. It is loud and edges towards a techno style. I advise you NOT TO BUY THIS ALBUM and buy 'so much for the afterglow instead'. (Which is amazing)
Published on 20 Feb 2001 by bosys@btinternet.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
It's the best record I've heard since "Smash" and unlike the Offspring, Everclear have been consistently amazing for the last ten years or so. Read more
Published on 15 April 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A punk rock phenomen
If you like punk rock , or even if you're a fan of everclears more popular album so much for the afterglow , this album takes the most reasont one to the extreme of fast drum beats... Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2000 by skabucks@hotmail.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt album from an undiscovered talent
Art Alexis vents his anger and sadness on a truly emotional album. The style is grungey rock with the occasional bit of punk, and has some really great tunes. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2000
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