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Everybody Dies

Dramarama

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Album Review

VH1's Bands Reunited finally yielded a long-term success with their episode on New Jersey critic-favorites Dramarama. (thankfully, the Kajagoogoo reunion was a one-time event.) Bandleader John Easdale had been putting together a solo record, and based on the good vibes from both bandmates and fans, decided to bring in Peter Wood and Mark Englert to put the Dramarama seal of approval on it. Opening uncharacteristically with a sparse mandolin and vocal, the ghoulishly titled Everybody Dies neatly picks up where 1993's Hi-Fi Sci-Fi left off, with Easdale leading the band through another taut set of snarly rockers, poignant ballads, and sly pop deviations. The title track, inspired by a close friends losing battle with esophageal cancer, takes on the afterlife with hedonistic glee—"I know lots of dead people/you know lots of dead people/every single second something dies." It's like a Grim Reaper Romper Room sing-along. Easdale keeps the irony factor high throughout, aping a 1950s night club crooner on "When Did You Leave Heaven" and taking potshots at white trash America on the second of thirteen "Untitled Track"s—only four of which are legit—but there are enough moments of soulful sobriety to keep the whole affair balanced, which makes Everybody Dies a sure bet for longtime fans. Let's just hope the rest of the world gives them a listen this time.

Customer Reviews

A Diamond In The Rough

Everybody Dies is the long-awaited release from John Easdale and the new incarnation of Dramarama. Very nice transitions throughout this disk from intimate acoustic numbers, then switching gears on the next track to a balls out rocker with Good Night America as a sweet alt-country ballad to boot. You cannot go wrong with this disc, folks. Well worth every penny! If you want to hear great music from some very talented artists (the kind that TV shows and MTV rarely produce these days, if at all. Just because it's popular doesn't always mean it's good), then look no further because this is a fine example of what real talent sounds like!

meh

This album is OK but if you really want to hear Dramarama at their best buy "Box Office Bomb".

Rocking

Album is a great return from a great band. There are some absolutely fantastic songs on here, there's also a few mediocre acoustic ones also. This is no "Hi-Fi-Sci-Fi", but it is definitely worth the purchase.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Wayne, NJ

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Blending hard rock wallop, alternative rock smarts, power pop songcraft, and punk rock urgency, Dramarama was a band who seemed on the verge of a major commercial breakthrough several times during their 11-year career. Puzzlingly, it never arrived, though the band developed a potent following in their native New Jersey as well as the West Coast; their almost-hit, "Anything Anything (I'll Give You)," was cited by L.A.'s KROQ-FM, arguably America's most influential alternative rock outlet, as the most...
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