Note: This review originally appeared in the Illinois Entertainer, back in 1997.
Evelyn Forever honor the hallowed tradition of guitar-driven power pop by naming their first-born CD after a song penned by their hero, Paul Westerberg of The Replacements. These New Jersey musicians don’t have as many rough edges as The Mats, but they show a similar flair for catchy melodies performed with boundless energy.
Almost every track kicks off with a guitar riff, and another part of the fun is that all four members chime in on the vocals. On peppy songs like “17” and “Never Once,” voices bounce all over the place. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Girl” is a perfect choice for a first single, and Evelyn Forever uses a dreamy arrangement to express the romantic sentiments of “Wonderful.” “You Won’t Let Me Win” finds them taking a punchier approach, while “Double Dip” adds unusual sexual imagery to the mix.