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Ten Years Gone: The Best Of Everclear 1994-2004

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Everclear, or more specifically their lead singer/songwriter Art Alexakis, were a little more ambitious than the rest of the second-wave grunge bands. They weren't tied to the all-guitars, all-the-time aesthetic, leaping to incorporate synths into their sound on So Much for the Afterglow, their 1997 follow-up to their 1995 breakthrough Sparkle and Fade, and they also released a two-part concept album in 2000s twin records Songs From an American Movie. Alexakis had a broader world view than a lot of the angst-ridden grungers. Perhaps because he was a little bit older than his peers, he approached subjects like parental relationships ("Father of Mine") and marriage ("I Will Buy You a New Life") with a nuanced touch, which not only gave them a distinct personality, but opened up doors at adult alternative radio. For as often as Everclear touched on this sensitive spin on grunge, they just as often -- if not more frequently -- went for easy social commentary, silly jokes or vulgarity, as epitomized by "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom" which pulls off the hat trick. They also could fall on their face musically, reaching too far or trying too hard for a hit, as they did on the unabashed exercise in '70s nostalgia "AM Radio," which was delivered about seven years too late. That inconsistency could make them frustrating as album artists -- every time they clicked, they were undercut by one of their flaws -- but it made them a reliably satisfying staple on modern rock radio in the '90s, since they turned out a series of very good post-grunge hits. That in turn makes them a great candidate for a greatest-hits collection, and their first, Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004, was released in the fall of 2004. This contains the big hits that stand the test of time -- the career-making "Santa Monica," "Wonderfull," "Everything to Everyone," "I Will Buy You a New Life," "When It All Goes Wrong Again," "Father of Mine," even "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom" -- but it doesn't contain all the charting singles: in chronological order (and in descending order of importance), the missing hits are "Heartspark Dollarsign," "One Hit Wonder" and "Out of My Depth." Since Ten Years Gone weighs in at a hefty 21 tracks, it's kind of amazing that there was no room for them anywhere on this collection, but apart from "Heartspark Dollarsign," they're not really missed. The bigger problem is that, no matter how generous this running time is, it's simply too much Everclear -- at this length, their inconsistency peeks through, even if this does contain the big hits and important album tracks. Then again, that inconsistency was a big part of the band, so it's accurate to have the collection be a bit inconsistent too, and even this is uneven, it's more consistent than any of their proper albums. Most importantly, it's best moments are proof that Everclear as a band and Art Alexakis as a songwriter delivered some of the stronger post-grunge radio hits of the '90s.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Wonderful (Remastered 2004)
00:04:41

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Neal Avron, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Co-Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Stevens, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Erica Stewart-Giuhan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sydnne Ebong, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Banton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Kent, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Cox, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Terryik, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

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2
Santa Monica (Remastered 2004)
00:03:11

Craig Montoya, ComposerLyricist - Greg Eklund, ComposerLyricist - Art Alexakis, ComposerLyricist - Everclear, MainArtist - Ulla Holler, Producer

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3
Everything To Everyone (Remastered 2004)
00:03:20

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer - Neal Avron, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Jim Rondinelli, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ian Blanch, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Baumgartner, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

4
AM Radio (Remastered 2004)
00:03:56

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Joseph Broussard, Composer - Ralph Williams, Composer - Neal Avron, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Co-Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carol Washington, Composer - Andrew Stevens, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Erica Stewart-Giuhan, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sydnne Ebong, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Banton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Kent, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Cox, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Terryik, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

5
Volvo Driving Soccer Mom (Remastered 2004)
00:03:14

Craig Montoya, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Eklund, Composer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Villacorta, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Geoff Walcha, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kent, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

6
I Will Buy You A New Life (Remastered 2004)
00:03:56

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer - Neal Avron, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - ANDY WALLACE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rami Jaffee, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Blanch, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Friedlander, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

7
Learning How To Smile (Remastered 2004)
00:03:51

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Neal Avron, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Engineer, Co-Producer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Co-Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Banton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Kent, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Cox, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Terryik, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

8
Strawberry (Remastered 2004)
00:02:33

Nick Brophy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Montoya, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Eklund, Composer, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Art Alexakis, Composer - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Malouf, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sperber, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Douglass, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

9
Local God (Remastered 2004)
00:03:53

Craig Montoya, ComposerLyricist - Greg Eklund, ComposerLyricist - Art Alexakis, ComposerLyricist - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Jim Rondinelli, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

10
Summerland (Remastered 2004)
00:03:42

Nick Brophy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Montoya, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Eklund, Composer, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Art Alexakis, Composer - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Malouf, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sperber, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Douglass, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

11
Fire Maple Song (Remastered 2004)
00:04:11

Craig Montoya, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Everclear, MainArtist - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Scott Cuthbert, Composer - K. Brummer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

12
When It All Goes Wrong Again (Remastered 2004)
00:03:48

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Neal Avron, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Dean, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Cook, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAN MARNIEN, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Geoff Walcha, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Beaton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

13
Father Of Mine (Remastered 2004)
00:03:46

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer - Neal Avron, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Remixer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Perry, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

14
The Boys Are Back In Town (Remastered 2004)
00:04:12

A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Lynott, ComposerLyricist

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

15
Heroin Girl (Remastered 2004)
00:02:23

Nick Brophy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Craig Montoya, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Eklund, Drums, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Art Alexakis, Composer - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Malouf, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sperber, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ralph Scott Cuthbert, Composer - Michael Douglass, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

16
Brown Eyed Girl (Remastered 2004)
00:04:20

VAN MORRISON, ComposerLyricist - Neal Avron, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Co-Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Banton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Kent, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Cox, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Terryik, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

17
Sex With A Movie Star (The Good Witch Gone Bad) (Remastered 2004)
00:04:00

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

18
The New Disease (Remastered 2004)
00:03:47

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer - Randy Staub, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

19
The New York Times (Remastered 2004)
00:04:13

Craig Montoya, Composer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Greg Eklund, Composer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - A.P. Alexakis, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Femio Hernandez, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rami Jaffee, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Geoff Walcha, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kent, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

20
Song From An American Movie Pt. 1 (Remastered 2004)
00:01:38

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Neal Avron, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Co-Producer - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Banton, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Kent, Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, Music Production, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Sean Cox, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Terryik, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

21
Rock Star (Remastered 2004)
00:03:29

Craig Montoya, Composer - Greg Eklund, Composer - Art Alexakis, Composer, Author - Neal Avron, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alexakis, Composer - A.P. Alexakis, Producer - Everclear, Composer, MainArtist - Lars Fox, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Kevin Dean, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Vosgien, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mauricio Iragorri, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Bradley Cook, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DAN MARNIEN, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Geoff Walcha, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Beaton, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

This compilation (C) 2004 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 2004 Capitol Records, LLC

Album Description

Everclear, or more specifically their lead singer/songwriter Art Alexakis, were a little more ambitious than the rest of the second-wave grunge bands. They weren't tied to the all-guitars, all-the-time aesthetic, leaping to incorporate synths into their sound on So Much for the Afterglow, their 1997 follow-up to their 1995 breakthrough Sparkle and Fade, and they also released a two-part concept album in 2000s twin records Songs From an American Movie. Alexakis had a broader world view than a lot of the angst-ridden grungers. Perhaps because he was a little bit older than his peers, he approached subjects like parental relationships ("Father of Mine") and marriage ("I Will Buy You a New Life") with a nuanced touch, which not only gave them a distinct personality, but opened up doors at adult alternative radio. For as often as Everclear touched on this sensitive spin on grunge, they just as often -- if not more frequently -- went for easy social commentary, silly jokes or vulgarity, as epitomized by "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom" which pulls off the hat trick. They also could fall on their face musically, reaching too far or trying too hard for a hit, as they did on the unabashed exercise in '70s nostalgia "AM Radio," which was delivered about seven years too late. That inconsistency could make them frustrating as album artists -- every time they clicked, they were undercut by one of their flaws -- but it made them a reliably satisfying staple on modern rock radio in the '90s, since they turned out a series of very good post-grunge hits. That in turn makes them a great candidate for a greatest-hits collection, and their first, Ten Years Gone: The Best of Everclear 1994-2004, was released in the fall of 2004. This contains the big hits that stand the test of time -- the career-making "Santa Monica," "Wonderfull," "Everything to Everyone," "I Will Buy You a New Life," "When It All Goes Wrong Again," "Father of Mine," even "Volvo Driving Soccer Mom" -- but it doesn't contain all the charting singles: in chronological order (and in descending order of importance), the missing hits are "Heartspark Dollarsign," "One Hit Wonder" and "Out of My Depth." Since Ten Years Gone weighs in at a hefty 21 tracks, it's kind of amazing that there was no room for them anywhere on this collection, but apart from "Heartspark Dollarsign," they're not really missed. The bigger problem is that, no matter how generous this running time is, it's simply too much Everclear -- at this length, their inconsistency peeks through, even if this does contain the big hits and important album tracks. Then again, that inconsistency was a big part of the band, so it's accurate to have the collection be a bit inconsistent too, and even this is uneven, it's more consistent than any of their proper albums. Most importantly, it's best moments are proof that Everclear as a band and Art Alexakis as a songwriter delivered some of the stronger post-grunge radio hits of the '90s.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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