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.