With a tired hook and an even more trite sentiment ("Where do all the porn stars go?"), the song exposes Alexakis's fatal flaw: He mistakenly believes his personal issues are everybody's personal issues. Not all of us are former drug-addicted sons of poverty-stricken single mothers, determined to expunge our crappy pasts through art (or would that be Art?).
The band occasionally latches onto something catchy -- like the spunky "Sunshine (That Acid Summer)" -- but it isn't anything you haven't heard before from Everclear. And it's not likely to be its last smile-through-the-pain tune. On Daydream's unnamed bonus track, Alexakis angles for a new position. "I hope you know that you are better than you think you are . . . I hope you know that you are never alone," he declares. Art Alexakis: Rock and roll's own Dr. Phil.
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