Back in Everclear's hit-making days, Art Alexakis's lyrics focused on parenthood, divorce, moving west to find normality: Unusually adult preoccupations for alt-rock. Now he's 50, with fresh backing musicians recently accumulated, but he still sounds stuck to the analyst's couch, explaining away failure and co-dependency. That's tolerable when songs stay short and fast; more often, meandering melodies make you wish he'd stop whining.
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