Everclear's major-label debut is a tough, melodic set of gnarled post-punk hard rock. An easy comparison is Nirvana, but Everclear's music is closer to the country-rock leanings of Screaming Trees -- underneath their loud, grungy guitars there is a distinct rootsiness lacking in most Seattle bands and that gives Sparkle and Fade its edge.
Performance CreditsEverclear Primary Artist
Craig Montoya Bass,Vocals
Art Alexakis Guitar,Vocals
Greg Eklund Drums,Vocals
Technical CreditsSteven Birch Artwork
Nick Brophy Engineer
Brian Malouf Producer
Michael Douglass Producer,Engineer
Art Alexakis Producer,Cover Design
Brian Sperber Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this CD was pretty good, but not as good as the other everclear CDs (the instrumentation sometimes washes out the vocals), but it's totally worth buying for Heroin Girl, Santa Monica, Strawberry, and Air Virginia.I recommend, definitely it has a crisp old-school feel to it. More grunge than pop or rock.
The Nirvana Revolution smashed opened the door for countless like-minded bands. Many were second-rate rip-offs, but Everclear was one deserving of the opportunity. Sure, the angst and crunchy post-punk riffs of Sparkle and Fade owe a debt to St. Kurt, but Art Alexakis's own outsider tales--sample titles include ''Heroin Girl'' and ''You Make Me Feel like a Whore''--prove piercing in a woe-is-him sort of way. Featuring the swaggering, strangely euphoric ''Santa Monica,'' itself one of the finer rock singles of '90's, Sparkle burns like a fresh wound. It's an exhilarating, if ultimately long-winded collection, far more accomplished than the band's hit-and-miss debut and not nearly as overtly radio-minded as it successor.