This is the first album from the new Everclear. With only Art Alexakis, the singer and songwriter, left from the previous line-up, the sound has evolved and become imbued with a more classic rock feel - with a good measure of blues-y guitars and keyboards.
Alexakis has retained that rare ability to describe more in a few words than most bands can in an album, but writes and sings with more maturity. The new songs inevitably lack some of the anger of the earlier Everclear but still grab at the heart strings. Focussing on relationships Alexakis lays bare his feelings with stories of broken relationships and love lost, of confessions, of longing and of hope for the future.
Every track is great although the highlights include Hater and Welcome to The Drama Club (which both sound closest to the old Everclear), the dark and seductive Portland Rain, Broken (complete with the Beatles inspired chorus "All you need is love..."), the dreamy Your Arizona Room and the upbeat Shine. Best of all must be the beautifully longing Glorious which displays Alexakis' timeless way with words:
"Everything fades away, The world changes everyday, When I think about you and what we had, It makes me want to say... Glorious."
In short, this is an excellent return album from one of the most underated bands (and singer songwriters) of the past decade. If you like great lyrics sung from the heart then you will love this album.