Picks and Pans Review: Songs from An American Movie, Vol. Two: Good Time for a Bad Attitude

updated 02/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/2001 AT 01:00 AM EST

Everclear (Capitol)

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?

Bottom Line: Hard rockers in a reflective mood

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