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Called "Wonderful, Glorious" - out in February. Hooray!
Judging by the song titles, he's still happy, which is nice.
I love the man but End Times was his weakest release to date and Tomorrow Morning, while better, didn't really get me excited either.
somewhere between those last three - I really liked a handful of songs from each but there was a lot of pretty dull stuff on them as well.
Hope the new one has had a little more quality control.
I will concede you have a bit of a point. For me, a new Eels album is never a bad thing, but yes... a little of the consistency of old would make a good album a great one. Still a day one purchase for me.
were dire but Hombre Lobo was very good. This is exciting I shall be listening!
EELS TO RELEASE 10th ALBUM,
WONDERFUL, GLORIOUS ON FEBRUARY 4
“That rarest thing in contemporary pop: a unique sound”— The New Yorker
“I eagerly await each new release”— Tom Waits
EELS’ new album Wonderful, Glorious is out February 4 on E Works. The ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), EELS recorded Wonderful, Glorious at Everett’s new Los Feliz, CA studio. Dubbed “The Compound,” the new space invigorated Everett’s writing process. “It was exciting,” he says, “it filled me with hope for limitless possibilities. And I realised I’d had a similar feeling when I first put the band together for the last two tours.” The band, which features guitarists The Chet and P-Boo, bass player Koool G Murder and drummer Knuckles, all had a hand in the writing of Wonderful, Glorious. “The only rule I had was ‘let’s try it,’” says Everett. “If anyone in the room had an idea, I’d say ‘let’s try it.’” Please see below for complete track listing.
EELS’ previous release, 2010’s release of Tomorrow Morning, was hailed as “hopeful and euphorically in love” by The New York Times and “sly, inviting, emotional [and] complex” by USA Today. Tomorrow Morning was the final part of a trilogy that included the albums Hombre Lobo and End Times. The Chicago Sun-Times calls the EELS’ discography “one of the most consistent bodies of work in modern rock” and Q Magazine declares Everett to be “one of the most prolific, adventurous and moving songwriters of the past decade.”
In the four years prior to his album trilogy, Everett embarked on a number of projects including his acclaimed autobiography Things the Grandchildren Should Know and the BBC-produced multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about E and his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III, which was broadcast on PBS’ Nova series in the U.S., fall of 2008. “All this time during the making of all these other projects, I was always writing and recording music,” says Everett. “Every time I branch out and try something else, I think it will be some kind of relief to take a break from music. But I always come back with my tail between my legs, because there’s nothing I enjoy more than making music. The other projects have been great experiences for me, but this is what I love to do.”
1. Bombs Away
2. Kinda Fuzzy
3. Accident Prone
4. Peach Blossom
5. On The Ropes
6. The Turnaround
7. New Alphabet
8. Stick Together
9. True Original
10. Open My Present
11. You're My Friend
12. I Am Building A Shrine
13. Wonderful, Glorious
I'll agree that Tomorrow Morning and Hombre Lobo have their share of weaker tracks, but for me End Times is one of his best, right up there with Electro-Shock Blues. Can't wait for the new one to drop.
Personally I think Hombre Lobo is one of his best, and although I don't play it often End Times is good. The last one was brave, and had a few good songs, but didn't really catch me.
I too think his consistency has dipped slightly, but it's hard when you get to album number 9.
I wonder what the direction is this time. The artwork made me wonder if he might try something with slightly political/social commentary tones, but maybe it's just a mish-mash of stuff. The press-release seems to confirm that by not giving the game away.
All in all, I hope it's one part rocking like a muddaf----, and one part E balladry, with a whole load of melody sprinkled on top.
experimental. Lots of things thrown into the mix. Less eels-by-numbers, which was the problem with the trilogy.
Like the above poster it would be nice to think it would be a bit more experimental, something along the lines of a happier, more up-to-date Electroshock Blues, but to be honest the 'trilogy' was fine by me, especially Hombre Lobo.
It's a pretty rare band who keeps on evolving and improving up to and beyond their 9th album, which is probably a whole different thread.
the early couple and Souljacker. The closest recent one to those, at least to Souljacker (IMHO), is Hombre Lobo; which is why that one gets my vote for the trilogy. Frankly though he can pretty much do no wrong in my eyes and I'll continue to buy the albums and see him live long after he's gone completely awful.
All nine albums distilled into one song.
keep it all rocking this brilliantly.
which is good. Eels have become a little predictable of late..
As others have said, the last three could probably have been trimmed down a little but each had their moments. Fresh Blood was a cracking track and sounds tremendous live. Although most Eels stuff does.
is such a good song, the bass DOOD