Tough times breed good rock music, which may make Everclear's new album pretty darn timely. The darker, noisier companion to last year's Songs from an American Movie, Vol. One: Learning How to Smile, this is the perfect soundtrack to a stagnant economy. When lead singer and songwriter Art Alexakis chimes in on the Beach Boys-like chorus of "Slide," you can almost hear the stock market plunging along with the nattering guitars. But Alexakis is not the punk pessimist he sometimes claims to be. Sure, a title like "When It All Goes Wrong Again" isn't exactly sunny, but much of the music is exhilarating; Everclear's message is one of recovery and redemption. What's bad about that?