Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time For A Bad Attitude Image

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  1. Everclear's real secret is their wry humor... [11/24/2000, p.82]
  2. 'Vol. One' might have opened the band up to a wider audience but 'Vol. Two' is a far better reflection of what Everclear are all about.
  3. It is clear that these two albums need to be heard and absorbed side by side?
  4. Bad Attitude is aided immeasurably by its oil-slick choruses and Alexakis' suitably bombastic production. It may lack the vivid, slice-of-life evocativeness of 1995's outstanding Sparkle And Fade, but the album's catchiness is a decent consolation prize.
  5. Everclear's Art Alexakis might have stretched himself way too thin by dividing his concept album into two different records, but his songwriting gifts remain as sharp as ever.... "When It All Goes Wrong Again," "Slide" and "Misery Whip" are the standouts here, venting everyday domestic frustrations with enough melodic and lyrical grace to turn these frustrations into good, painful jokes.
  6. 60
    Rockers and ballads are both delivered with pure '80s polish and shine. It doesn't make for as interesting a listen as the folk and funk of this year's Vol. 1, but that's not the point. If that was the thinking man's Everclear, this is the purely visceral edition. At the very least an exhilarating, fist-pumping ride, Vol. 2 is proof that a little energy can go a long way.
  7. 10
    Apparently, this American movie is the story of the predatory woman who comes to your house, whaps the crap out of you, and makes you play the same song over and over again. [2/2001, p.107]

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. [Anonymous]
    Sep 21, 2001
    Everclear Rocks Forever!!!!
  2. KristinM.
    Sep 27, 2001
    I love this album. Vol. I and Vol. II def. tell a story together, and the band hasn't lost thier touch in thier music writting!
  3. bradyw.
    Feb 29, 2004
    I think that vol.2 was the best cd ever! everclear rocks!
  4. melaniej
    Jan 6, 2003
    great mind numbing album. ...just wish it was a little longer
  5. JesusW
    Aug 3, 2005
    This CD is about on the same level as Vol. 1, but it includes my favourite Everclear track.
  6. SimonR.
    Sep 29, 2001
    As a recent convert to Everclear via the excellent Vol 1, I was a little nervous about what lay in store afterwards. However, I needn't have worried as although this is a lot harder and faster than Vol 1, there are still plenty of melodic tunes and great riffs to keep a vol 1 addict entertained. The superb "Song from an American Movie part 2" is a fitting climax to a great follow-up and truly kicks ass. Expand
  7. j30
    Feb 1, 2012
    Exverclear was my favorite band growing up, but since So Much For The Afterglow their lyrics and music have changed dramatically. My hopes for a Everclear "return to form" were quickly diminished in this heap of turd. Expand

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