Evelyn Forever

Good to Be Alive

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By the end of the '90s, the power pop genre had become so classicist and insular as to be uncommercial, with the notable exception of a group of punky, geek rock outfits. Evelyn Forever's sound falls squarely into this group; while they're notably indie, their sound would play particularly well on mainstream modern rock radio. The inevitable comparison would be to say they're kind of the Weezer of the Jersey shore, but there are notable differences. For one, Evelyn Forever's hooks and background vocals are pushed way into the foreground, creating a sugary-sweet (and significantly more crisp) sound fitting for a pop record. The band also doesn't shy away from being emotional and almost cheesy at times. These are important distinctions, as they mark Good to Be Alive as very much a power pop record. A true guitar pop fan will recognize the hooks, perfectly fuzzy guitars, and gooey background vocals, and they won't be put off by the fact that a song like "Indecision" almost sounds like it could be by a boy band. Many of these attributes (and the fact that the band's outlook couldn't be much sunnier) are also probably why they haven't moved beyond cult success, but the rabid pop fans wouldn't want it any other way.

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