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Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by redcloud » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:05 pm

It's no secret in this forum that I adore the music of Eels. Since their first album I have been hooked and the 15 year journey with Mark Oliver Everett just seems to yield more and more beautiful music as well as some riff heavy rock. Over the years the guy has delivered some incredible concerts featuring just himself accompanied by strings, or more recently with a stage full of rock musicians kicking it and having fun rocking new renditions of older and newer tunes. This, however, is what the man is all about:

http://www.myspace.com/video/myspace-tr ... s/61529610

And very few singers can produce music as emotional as this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw6Sx9w5SEo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGdK2b3bp80

If you have yet to discover his music you really should. There is enough out there that covers a variety of styles to please most all of you.

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Post by radioshack » Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:13 pm

I think they're great, but have to say Electro Shock Blues is one of the most depressing and heavy-going albums I've ever heard. I loved E's book. I think it is the only book in my life I've finished in one sitting.

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Post by redcloud » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:07 am

radioshack wrote:I think they're great, but have to say Electro Shock Blues is one of the most depressing and heavy-going albums I've ever heard.
It is. However, it is in response to being the final living member of his family and the tragic and traumatic events of discovering his father dead from a heart attack at 19, spending time visiting his sister in a mental institution, her eventual suicide and then his mother's bout with lung cancer, radiation treatment and inevitable death. As bleak and heavy as these subjects are the beauty of the album is that E amazingly finds a ray of light and ends on a positive note in the album's closing tune ('PS You Rock My World').

I was at a funeral the day i realized
I wanted to spend my life with you
Sitting down on the steps at the old post office
The flag was flying at half mast
And i was thinking 'bout how
Everyone is dying
And maybe it is time to live.


One has to be emotionally dysfunctional not to be affected by 'Electro Shock Blues'. It is a masterpiece but as you say, it certainly makes for an uncomfortable listen. His trilogy: 'Hombre Lobo'/'End Times'/'Tomorrow Morning' are somewhat similar as they were written while his marriage was disintegrating. 'End Times' is a profoundly sad album yet he followed it up with 'Tomorrow Morning', which is much more positive on its overall outlook of life in general.
I loved E's book. I think it is the only book in my life I've finished in one sitting.
I loved it too.

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Post by mc » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:49 pm

I've said it before, but I'm going to echo redcloud and reiterate my love of eels. Mark Everett is one of our greatest songwriters and "Electro-Shock Blues" is his masterpiece, an album I can safely cite as the greatest I've ever heard. I can't really write anything that would do it justice, but I do like this old Stylus article about it:

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/feature.php?ID=912

I actually find it uplifting to listen to. The narrative arc of the album is so perfectly paced, and the pain and redemption and hope offered in the final five songs (ushered in by Climbing To The Moon) floors me every time.

Climbing To The Moon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPfz_bCwhYo

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Post by redcloud » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:18 pm

Damn straight, mc! Thank you.

Thanks also for sharing the Stylus review. I hadn't seen it before.

As I said in the "Best three songs" thread I think it is hard to find three opening songs with the emotional brevity of 'Elizabeth' > 'Funeral'>'Cancer' from "Electro Shock Blues". Those songs just suck you right in and it is impossible not to sit down and listen to the album from start to finish. And yes, Climbing to the Moon'....fucking hell. What a song.

We had friends over last night who are also unfamiliar with the Eels (I think Mark has had more success and critical acclaim in Europe than the USA) and I put on 'End Times'. At one point while the wine was flowing our friend Kate said "who is this, again?...It's so fucking full of soul!".

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Post by toomilk » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:54 am

redcloud wrote:
I was at a funeral the day i realized
I wanted to spend my life with you
Sitting down on the steps at the old post office
The flag was flying at half mast
And i was thinking 'bout how
Everyone is dying
And maybe it is time to live.
Wow, that is incredibly beautiful.

A friend was telling me about E's TV show. It sounded really good, but I can't find the name of it...?

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Post by moop » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:22 am

mc wrote:"Electro-Shock Blues" is his masterpiece...
I actually find it uplifting to listen to. The narrative arc of the album is so perfectly paced, and the pain and redemption and hope offered in the final five songs (ushered in by Climbing To The Moon) floors me every time.
i was just gonna say the same thing. there's also a powerful energy and sense of humour to it in places. not to discredit his later albums (i'm thinking of blinking lights and the recent trio) but they can sometimes feel a bit indulgent and wallowy sometimes (probably partly due to their length). I think the reason electro-shock blues is so powerful is that he feeds the emotions straight back into the songs. there's that line 'suicide email, do not delete. plug it back in the jack'. unless i'm remembering it out of context, that's what i'm getting at.

one of my all time faves, for sure.

i didn't know E had a book or a tv show! i'm so out of the loop.

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Post by mc » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:44 am

It's an album packed with emotional, perfectly stated lines, but I find this verse from Climbing to the Moon particularly harrowing:

"Got a sky that looks like heaven
Got an earth that looks like shit
It's getting hard to tell where
what I am ends
and what they're making me begins."

Sung from the point of view of his mentally ill sister, soon to commit suicide. :cry:

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Post by redcloud » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:48 pm

moop wrote:
i didn't know E had a book or a tv show! i'm so out of the loop.
The only tv show I know about is the one that BBC4 did on Mark Everett's quest to learn more about his father ('Parallel Worlds/Parallel lives'). His father was a scientist who introduced the idea of quantum theory yet remained largely ignored by the scientific community. He died of a heart attack in 1982 and Mark discovered his body. The film is about Mark going back to his hometown to try and understand his father's legacy and his theories. He even takes a course on Quantum Mechanics and meets many of his father's colleagues. The touching thing about the film is Mark confesses he needed this space in time for himself to grow up so the he could be fully invested in the subject. Ultimately, the movie is part of a healing process by helping him understand more about his own father and his childhood. In 2008 Eels toured as "An Evening with the Eels" and they showed this movie in place of a support act. I saw it when it came through Portland and it was a seated gig in an old church. It was very moving.

Regarding his book...it is called "Things the Grandchildren Should Know". It is an autobiography that helps explain the tragic events of his life and how they have greatly influenced his music. It is a great read but it came out in 2008 so does not include his trilogy albums, which are all excellent Eels. In fact, I would put 'End Times' up there with 'Electro Shock Blues' as another masterpiece.

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Post by redcloud » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:46 pm

mc wrote:
Sung from the point of view of his mentally ill sister, soon to commit suicide. :cry:
And I believe some of the lyrics from this song were taken from letters that they wrote each other while she was in an asylum.

I could be wrong, but the voice on the telephone answering machine in 'Manchild' might also be his sister's.

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Post by mc » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:22 pm

redcloud wrote: I could be wrong, but the voice on the telephone answering machine in 'Manchild' might also be his sister's.
I've always thought it was his sister, too. Another devastating song.

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Post by bunnyben » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:16 pm

when i read your post in the other thingy i ordered the album. still waiting for it to arrive. it was only a few quid on ebay or £15+ on amazon. crazy
'raging and weeping are left on the early road
now each in his holy hill
the glittering and hurting days are alomst done
then let us compare mythologies
i have learned my elaborate lie
of soaring crosses and poisened thorns'

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Post by redcloud » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:58 pm

bunnyben wrote:when i read your post in the other thingy i ordered the album. still waiting for it to arrive.
Which album?

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Post by bunnyben » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:59 pm

redcloud wrote:
bunnyben wrote:when i read your post in the other thingy i ordered the album. still waiting for it to arrive.
Which album?
electroshock blues
'raging and weeping are left on the early road
now each in his holy hill
the glittering and hurting days are alomst done
then let us compare mythologies
i have learned my elaborate lie
of soaring crosses and poisened thorns'

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Post by jack white » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:39 pm

redcloud wrote:"Things the Grandchildren Should Know".

good book.
great song. poss my fave Eels song.
imo that Blinking Lights period was a(nother) high point for E & the subsequent albums haven't matched the depth or storytelling of that time. i think moop has a point about ESB "feeding the emotion back into the songs" & that is a special time & record but in terms of trad songwriting & the power @ the heart of that, BL&OR has left the deepest impression on me.

so many great songs & moments scattered throughout the catalogue - Fresh Feeling, Bride of Theme from Blinking Lights.., the entire Eels w/Strings.

up there with the most shocking & gut wrenching but life affirming music i've known.
gonna burn brightly
for a while

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Post by moop » Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:16 pm

ok, i think it's time i gave blinking lights another go...

thanks to this thread i went back and listened to the trilogy through a couple of times.
much better than i remembered, and probably mostly because i knew what i was in for and wasnt hoping or expecting it to be anything else. i'd forgotten how many perfect tracks are scattered across all 3 albums. 'the longing', 'ordinary man' (especially)'a line in the dirt', 'on my feet', 'baby loves me', 'this is where it gets good', 'mystery of life'...wow

in terms of other classic eels moments there's a few interviews online, all of which are brilliant. he plays 'fucker' at the end of the 'panel' interview. incredible!

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Post by angelsighs » Sun Aug 21, 2011 4:39 pm

this thread has caused me to investigate further too- I ordered Electroshock Blues from amazon- only 97p!!

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Post by redcloud » Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:42 pm

I'm glad this thread has helped spark some interest in this great band/singer-songwriter. Let us know what you think.

Tread carefully though with 'Electro-Shock Blues' (and even 'End Times'). They are both deeply emotional albums and Mark Everett's super realism approach to lyrical prose can make for harrowing listening.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e682iByqlLI

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Post by redcloud » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:19 pm

'WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS'

The new Eels album: Feb 5, 2013 :D

Taken from their official website:

"I guess you could say I needed space -- literally and figuratively."
That's EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, sitting in the performance room of EELS' Los Feliz, CA recording studio, talking about how he felt after the rapid release of a trilogy of albums and embarking on two world tours all within the short span of just over a year's time. "That was an all-consuming endeavor. After that I knew it was time to get away from anything that had to do with the last few years in order to get to the next place," he says now. "I was in an expansive mood. After twelve years recording in the same cramped basement studio, I felt the need to spread out and give myself more room to breathe and experiment."

After 2005's BLINKING LIGHTS AND OTHER REVELATIONS double album there followed four years with no new EELS studio releases. That dry spell was broken with what became one of the busiest periods in the EELS timeline, beginning with the release of HOMBRE LOBO in 2009, the first of a trilogy of albums including END TIMES and TOMORROW MORNING, while the band embarked on two world tours, playing over 100 shows throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and China. Nearly a year after the completion of the second tour the refreshed and reinvigorated band assembled to make new music.

Having moved into a new studio, Everett was inspired. "I was now in a situation where instead of just a basement to record in, I had an entire house to use for musical needs," he says. The new studio, dubbed "The Compound," was designed to fulfill a myriad of artistic needs, outfitted from basement to attic for any musical situation that may arise. "It was exciting," he says. "It filled me with hope for limitless possibilities. And I realized I'd had a similar feeling when I first put the band together for the last two tours."

"On the tours it was apparent to me that this was the best band I'd ever been involved with," Everett, who has continuously rotated the personnel of the touring EELS from year to year, says now. "Night after night I'd throw them every curve ball I could think of and they'd always hit it out of the park, as the saying goes. We played a lot of stuff from the TOMORROW MORNING album, which was very electronic and keyboard-oriented on record -- without a single keyboard or sampler on stage. They made it all work as a live band, and work great. It made sense that it was time to pool our talents for making new music."

"We got together with no specific concept in mind other than being open to experimentation," he says. "The only rule I had was 'let's try it.' If anyone in the room had an idea, I'd say 'let's try it', no matter how bad the idea may have sounded to me at the time. I was often proven wrong, and I don't mind being wrong in the name of getting somewhere good."

The resulting album WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS is rich in highly creative, unprecedented songs. "I don't know what to compare a lot of these songs to," Everett says. "They're their own thing, you know? We were all really excited with what we were making."

EELS' tenth album is brimming with life and the tribulations that make it worthwhile -- the trials of a man fighting for his life, his sanity, and the search for meaning. From the quiet man pushed too far by modern life's increasing incivility in album opener "Bombs Away" to the title track's sublime acceptance at album's close, WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS offers the listener a vibrant and dynamic journey.

A number of the album's tracks come from the point of view of a man who has found himself at a crossroads in his life. Everett says that's no coincidence. Having written his autobiography (2008's acclaimed THINGS THE GRANDCHILDREN SHOULD KNOW), made the award-winning PARALLEL WORLDS, PARALLEL LIVES documentary about his quantum physicist father Hugh Everett III, compiled a best of EELS (MEET THE EELS) and rarities collection (USELESS TRINKETS), and released an album trilogy, Everett felt backed into a figurative corner.

Every time i find myself in this old bind
Watching the death of my hopes
In the ring so long
Gonna prove 'em wrong
I'm not knocked out but I'm on the ropes
- "On The Ropes"


The tragedies of Everett's life have been well-documented since the release of 1998's ELECTRO-SHOCK BLUES, an album dealing with the deaths of his entire immediate family. If nothing else, Everett's tumultuous past has taught him how to survive. "If something isn't working, I know it's time to reinvent my world so it works," he says. "Losing my family early taught me how to look at what's left and make the most of it."

You're all gonna be sorry
When I leave town
And get it together
For the turnaround
- "The Turnaround"

It's looking good
I dug my way out
I'm changing up what the story's about

When the words just sound like noise
I need a new alphabet
When the world stops making sense
I make a new alphabet
- "New Alphabet"


"Doing all of those career and life-defining projects at an earlier age than most artists do was really satisfying and very beneficial to me personally," Everett says. "But afterwards, once the dust settled, I found myself in the position of having to ask myself 'now what?' That was the last chapter of my book: 'Now What?' I didn't know the answer. But I'm a fighter and I knew I wasn't going to give up easily. Ultimately, I found the answer in the four guys sharing the stage with me."

Those guys, guitarists The Chet and P-Boo, bass player Koool G Murder and drummer Knuckles, each a multi-instrumentalist well beyond their main instruments, all had a hand in the writing of WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS. "Even the drummer has become a songwriter. Anything is possible!" Everett jokes.

Good will abounds on WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS, and it's all the more meaningful because of how hard-earned it is. Everett doesn't shy away from the darker aspects of life, "for the cause of getting to the lighter," he says. Over the course of the album he goes from being scared and confused, trying to fight his way out of the corner ("Bombs Away", "Kinda Fuzzy") to a man who recognizes the good around him ("Accident Prone", "Peach Blossom"), who accepts his worthiness of it and is ready to enjoy life's spoils ("Open My Present"), while realizing how invaluable the help of others has been to him ("Stick Together", "You're My Friend"), and ultimately coming to terms with mortality ("I Am Building a Shrine"):

Deep down in the cold ground
Such a sad place to be
But I'll be fine with all the little things
That I'm taking with me


"It's all any of us can do," says Everett. "Either you don't try and just let life go by, or you give it a shot and let the bombs drop and try to put a positive spin on it, all while hoping for the best. Every day you've got a choice."

In the end, Everett finds what he's been searching for -- the good will within his own heart. When he wails the triumphant clarion call at albums' end, knowing the rocky road his past took him on, it's impossible to not feel hopeful. Now able to make sense of it all, he sings:

My love is beautiful and it's here for the taking
It's strong and pure
And utterly earth-shaking
My love has brought me here to show you it's true
A wretch like me can make it through


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http://www.EELStheband.com

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Post by moop » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:21 pm

really excited about this. i don't like reading lyrics out of context so avoided them, but really enjoyed reading the rest of that. I like that he's turned his entire house into a recording studio for 'any situation' and that the album is about 'the trials of a man fighting for his life, his sanity, and the search for meaning'. what more could a fan ask for? glad he got his sense of musical wonderment (for lack of a better term) back. roll on feb!

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Post by redcloud » Mon Nov 12, 2012 3:45 pm

Yep moop...I totally agree on all counts. Really looking forward to a new record and also seeing them play live again.

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Post by Multi » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:10 pm

I love Electro-Shock Blues. I found it at a very interesting time in my life and am very appreciative of it. But anytime people write that it's the best album ever made, a perfect album, etc., and then demand it through insults to the reader, I just find myself thinking of that awful DJ scratch on Last Stop: This Town and how the album will never be "perfect" because of it.

Excellent album though and Efil's God is my personal favorite (followed by P.S.).

Haven't check out much of their more mid-to-later albums, has the consensus agreed upon End Times being the best of the bunch?

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Post by redcloud » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:07 am

Multi wrote: Haven't check out much of their more mid-to-later albums, has the consensus agreed upon End Times being the best of the bunch?
'End Times' is a beautiful album. Comparable to Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks' as it was written when his marriage was in turmoil. It also just happened to come out when my sister was dying and that album became the soundtrack of my lonely times spent in airports and on the plane as I traveled from Oregon to New York. I know that record inside and out.

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Post by redcloud » Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:19 am

New tour announced. Check the gigs section.

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Post by redcloud » Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:02 pm

Here's a new song (but non-album release) that is absolutely beautiful.

https://soundcloud.com/the_eels/calling-for-your-love

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Post by coffeepotman » Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:50 pm

Just listening to ESP now, very heavy, requires serious attention. Emotional music

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Post by redcloud » Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:23 pm

coffeepotman wrote:Just listening to ESP now, very heavy, requires serious attention. Emotional music
ESP?

Do you mean 'Electro-Shock Blues'?

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Post by moop » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:57 pm

really liked that new non album track. accidentally listened to one of the album tracks after, which was also good (though very different!) very much looking forward to the new album and tour!!


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Post by redcloud » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:06 pm

I've always loved the song but I'm not sure if the film helps it. It seems to cheapen it when they cut to Paul Rudd's cheesy expressions and then the lame dialogue at the end.

Glad it was deleted.

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Post by redcloud » Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:25 am

Early days with the new album ('Wonderful, Glorious') but it sounds very good. On the whole, the album is more upbeat and less melancholic than some of his records. But, as we all know when E wants to rock he can definitely kick out the jams. Some pretty tasty fuzz spread throughout the whole album too. I can't wait to hear the rocking tribal rhythms of 'Stick Together' live! :D

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Post by redcloud » Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:57 pm

"The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett" has been on my turntable and ipod since Tuesday and I have played nothing else but it. A return to the mellow with gentle acoustic ballads, piano and string orchestration. Apparently these songs were written around the same time as "End Times" but he deemed them too uncomfortable to release. We got "Tomorrow Morning" and "Wonderful Glorious" instead. Both fun, cheery albums but neither in the same caliber as many of his other albums.

However, "Cautionary" is like an onion....many layers that seem to reveal more and more upon every listen. This is an album that at first, for the uninitiated, might come across a bit of sappy pop. This record though demands one's attention...nothing less than the listener to sit down for its 13 tracks/40 minutes and LISTEN. There is much to digest in these songs. It is the sound of a man only a couple years older than myself singing from his heart about a lost love, soul searching and trying to find himself amongst the emotional scars. Yep...classic eels. This is what Mark knows and this is what he taps into and speaks honestly from. He is, for me, the greatest songwriter of our generation bar none.

The record itself is also worth it for the exquisite Nick Drake'esque beauty of "Parallels" alone. A song that has easily and immediately found itself in the best eels song ever list. Everything about it is beautiful. Musically, lyrically and the way he sings it is soothing and absolute bliss to the ears and heart. The haunting "Series of Misunderstandings" and the gentle, yet touching, "Kindred Spirit" also stand out for me. But, as I said...this record is an onion and with each listen I am finding more and more that touch my soul.

The record also comes with a bonus disc...side 3-4 I have only played once. Side 4 is a set of live tracks from the previous tour while 3, I think, are tunes probably written for the album but didn't fit into its initial flow. Thus far, I have played the actual album (sides 1-2) the most.

MC...what are your thoughts, brother?

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Post by davedecay » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:52 pm

Have not heard this - is it fairly new?

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Post by mc » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:58 pm

redcloud wrote:
MC...what are your thoughts, brother?
I've been listening to it since Monday, and it's already safe to say that it's magnificent. So heartfelt and longing and wistful. The overture of "Where I'm At" is just beautiful, and so far I know "Agatha Chang", "Mistakes of My Youth" and "Where I'm Going" will end up in my list of all-time favourite eels songs. And then there's "A Swallow In The Sun". I don't even know why this song floors me so much, but it does. Just reaches out, grabs my heart and squeezes tight. I've not even tried listening to the bonus disc yet - too overwhelmed by the main album so far!

"Wonderful, Glorious" makes much more sense now as well. Like "Shootenanny", it's something he had to record as a temporary escape from the difficulties of recording a major, hugely emotional album.

davedecay - it's new. Just out this week. Get it - if you're an eels fan you won't be disappointed. In fact, get it anyway :)

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Re: Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by redcloud » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:39 pm

mc wrote: And then there's "A Swallow In The Sun". I don't even know why this song floors me so much, but it does. Just reaches out, grabs my heart and squeezes tight.
Totally agree! Should have highlighted this song as well. Absolutely beautiful and so perfectly composed. I was listening to it just yesterday on my way to work and I almost had to pull over to listen to it again. The type of song that makes your heart feel heavy and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This album is definitely one of his greats and I like how you say that "WG" makes more sense as it now makes clearer why he had to record it. "Shootenanny!" has always been a highlight in his back catalog for me. I love the no nonsense urge to rock, stripped down, back to basics yet, pure eels. What "TCTOMOE" is making more clear for me is the huge "Blinking Lights" LP. An album I have always respected but when it came out I found so huge, so complex that it was more difficult to penetrate and grasp. The songs, the orchestrated interludes and the compositions now seem to all come full circle. Either that or, I'm just older and it is all now making sense to my middle-aged brain.

Nevertheless, thus far, this is easily my album of the year and my favorite Eels album since "End Times". Can't wait until June 8th. I'm seriously tempted to drive to Seattle to see him on June 7th too.

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Re: Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by mc » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:53 pm

"The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett" entered the UK album charts at No. 7 this week - eels' highest position since "Beautiful Freak" back in 1996. I normally couldn't give a fig about the charts, but this makes me very happy :D

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Re: Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by redcloud » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:06 pm

mc wrote:"The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett" entered the UK album charts at No. 7 this week - eels' highest position since "Beautiful Freak" back in 1996. I normally couldn't give a fig about the charts, but this makes me very happy :D
As expected, it is nowhere to be seen in American charts. While he plays two nights in London at the RFH and Barbican (no doubt sold out) not to mention all across Europe...I will see him at a 500 capacity venue in Portland. In fact, the Aladdin is an old Vaudeville theatre from the 20's that became a porn theatre in the 70's/80's. Now it is just live music spot. Eels are loved and very respected by a small core of die-hard fans here in the US. His fame is definitely considerably larger abroad.

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Re: Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by BVCP206 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:09 am

Double vinyl on its way, very giddy after reading all the good reviews :D
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Re: Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by jack white » Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:39 pm

Anyone watch The Jinx?

They use Fresh Blood off El Hombre Lobo as the theme song!
Great show, great theme song. Another great choice for a hbo theme song. Up there with Luck & Massive Attack in recent memory.. Not quite that good tho ;)
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Re: Eels. Simple, understated, breathtaking and beautiful.

Post by stegraham » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:42 pm

Old thread, but just seen that Eels have a new album out in April - The Deconstruction.

https://www.recordstore.co.uk/search.ht ... nstruction

Been a while since the last one!

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