The second singer Art Alexakis’ voice is heard, right from the start, you know it’s Everclear. Their latest release, Invisible Stars is their first since 2006s Welcome To The Drama Club. Invisible Stars is a return to classic Everclear, sounding as if it could have been recorded right after So Much For The Afterglow. The album has much crunch to it with big guitars all over and some synthesizers mixed in reminding one of The Cars in spots.
Invisible Stars comes to life very quickly with lead-off song “Tiger In A Burning Tree”, a track that leans towards the heavy side despite starting off with an acoustic guitar. The title of the album comes a lyric from the track “Be Careful What You Ask For”, the first single. “Santa Ana Wind” talks about Alexakis’ move back to Los Angeles after being in Portland, Oregon the past two decades. Other notable tunes on the twelve track release include “Wishing”, “Promenade” and the short just over two minute powerhouse “Falling In A Good Way”.
Despite the fact that Alexakis is the lone founding member left from the band’s commercial success era really shows how far the current version has come. For the fans of the older material, they will rejoice as this is a true return to old school Everclear. The material on this release will fit in quite nicely right alongside such Everclear classics “Santa Monica”, “I Will Buy You A New Life” and “Everything To Everyone” and in the process should add some new fans to the fan base as well.
01. Tiger In A Burning Tree
02. Falling In A Good Way
03. Be Careful What You Ask For
05. Santa Ana Wind
07. I Am Better Without You
09. Jackie Robinson
10. The Golden Rule
11. Rocket For The Girl
Art Alexakis—vocal, guitars
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Also check them out on the Summerland tour this summer.