The Joup Friday Album – Everclear: So Much For The Afterglow

So Much For The Afterglow

“There’s something so human about taking something and ruining it a little so you can have more of it.”

-The Good Place

It’s true. We hide things in the back of our mind so we can reflect on more “good” memories. We cram so much into our holidays that we end up miserable. We drink diet sodas and light beer and pretend to enjoy it. You know what isn’t very good? “100-Calorie Packs” of any mass produced junk food. Don’t even get me started on religion.

It’s strange how many different things this applies to, including albums. One can argue that one such album is Everclear’s third studio album, So Much For The Afterglow.

Afterglow was released when I was 14-years-old. It was the year I had a first kiss and my first boyfriend. I was going into my freshman year of high school.  I used my money from eighth-grade graduation to buy a bike, and I rode it everywhere. I wore platform jelly sandals and went to my first concert. I experienced my first of many unwanted “presidential grabs” I’d experience in my lifetime.  I started drifting away from kids I’d been friends with since the second grade. I started a lifetime love affair with music. I didn’t really have a grasp on what I enjoyed yet, but the local radio definitely inspired Afterglow’s appearance on a BMG Music’s “12-CDs-For-A-Penny” subscription list.

14-Year-Old me absolutely ate this thing up.

We didn’t need a third Everclear album. We really, really didn’t. In 1997, we were more than satiated when it came to power-pop alternative albums. The two previous Everclear albums more than met our need for Everclear albums. How could they not with biting tracks like “Heroin Girl” and “You Make Me Feel Like a Whore” on Sparkle and Fade? That didn’t stop Art Alexakis & Company. And you know what? I’m somewhat glad.

It’s probably been at least a decade since I’ve revisited this album in it’s entirety. As schmaltzy and overproduced as is may be, it’s fun. It’s loaded with singles that you’ll still catch on local radio, and the stuff that didn’t make its way there is even better. My favorites are the title track, “So Much For The Afterglow,” and “Hating You For Christmas,” which might be one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs. It’s become my holiday anthem for family and acquaintance alike. No, Susan. I don’t need to hear about how great your grown-ass son is doing. Save the annual family letter for someone who cares.  Everclear knows what I’m talking about.

Tag, Dan.

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