I Am Better Without You
When a band releases an album of re-recordings (something Everclear did with 2011's oddly titled Greatest Hits), it's usually a sign they're cooked. But lo and behold, Art Alexakis and whomever he's jamming with nowadays prove the exception. On Invisible Stars, the singer/songwriter demonstrates he still has insightful stuff to say and hooks to unleash. One of the best examples is "Be Careful What You Ask For," a Cali bro's cheeky but honest admission to his wife that he's a failure: "I'm sorry we are living in the car/ This isn't what you wanted when you gave me your heart."