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New album in April, short trailer here:
Didn't expect one out so quickly after Wonderful Glorious (which I quite liked)
music sounds very EELS
the last few albums were fun, and no disgrace, but eels could really do with a properly good album at this point
Electro-shock Blues is probably my fave album ever and because of that I still buy all Eels records.. but the last few have been pretty forgettable, like he's just repeating old ideas (and even melodies and chord sequences and stuff)
End Times/Tomorrow Morning were patchy, though the latter does have some great songs on it.
Prolific bugger, isn't he?
and in my top 5 of last year. Will likely pre-order this too. His show at EOTR was also one of my best ever gigs I think.
I agree with the poster above who said they really need a great album now .I really liked the singles on Wonderful Glorious but overall it was a bit of a let down. I also liked Tomorrow Morning but I don't think he has made a truly great album since the long break. I hope this is it, but the title has me worried that we might have another End Times on our hands.
Unless he's broken up with someone again.
Which is the same subject that End Times is partly based on.
really like End Times. Preferred it to Hombre Lobo/End Times.
Agree that they need another great album, though. Would Blinking Lights... be the last that fell into this category?
I say yes, that was the last album before he took 4 years of doing best offs, documentaries etc. All the albums up to that point felt original and different, since then it has mostly felt like retreading old ground.
Second to only Electro-Shock Blues in my world.
And what does Pitchfork have against him?! I swear they've given every album under 5. It's really weird, I thought he was relatively critically acclaimed? I only really know Electro Shock Blues but it's brilliant.
which kind of says it all. I know that Blinking Lights apart, he hasn't really had a generally acclaimed album since Daisies of the Galaxy, but the likes of Shootenanny and even Tomorrow Morning definitely don't deserve the 2/10 they got.
but theres always the nagging feeling if he put 1 album out for every 3 theyd be 'classics' (or at least very well received). Blinking lights is a good example of this. He just needs someone to do some brutal quality control.
The Pitchfork thing has always felt like they have something personal against him. They are snobs, but it feels more than that.
I'm not surprised there's a new record. He's always said how he works on three or four different records at the same time. Although i think one reason why most people think Electro-shock is the best record is that that one was made by itself as if it was his only chance to make a record the way he wanted to make it.
He suffers from being too prolific if you ask me. Hombre Lobo through to Wonderful Glorious has some great songs but the ratio of great:other is clearly down. Although for me Hombre Lobo is up there with his best work.
I do think he could have combined the best of that with the better stuff on End Times/Tomorrow Morning to make one strong album which would have covered the desire/heartbreak/recovery arc he followed over those three albums.
And had a completely different sound to End Times / Tomorrow Morning. Hombre Lobo would be in my top 3, for sure...
is this not that good? I really wanted to like it.
feel like Morose Eels Song 101. I don't think it helps that I much prefer the more raucous songs on his recent albums.
He clearly has to stop breaking up with people
No love for the new song. Really not been that fussed with anything since Blinking Lights. Some more keyboards or xylophones or samples or something are needed to kickstart him again. They were definitely one of my favourite bands from the late 90s/early 00s, but nowhere close to that anymore with his current output.
and pretty strumming but sparse ballads.
And he does both well but with a less successful hit rate. For the former I'll put Tremendous Dyanmite up against any rocker he's done before, and from the latter I'll put the title track off End Times as as moving as It's a Motherfucker.
I hate to say it, because I hate it when people can't get past a certain record, but if one listens to Electro-Shock Blues, there's so much going on musically- so many ideas both within tracks and across the album. Blinking Lights is the last time he did that (with the possible exception for me of three quarters of Hombre Lobo), and that involved him sitting on tracks, keeping them off of other albums he made beforehand, and using the double-album format. He can't do that now- I think he feels he an artist like him (and at his age) needs to keep in the public eye as much as possible or risk being forgotten.
i like this idea but it has to be said his current live show and general attitude is WONDERFUL. He's still putting out incredibly charming music and 3/4 of Wonderful, Glorious would easily make it into my all time Eels stuff.
and would add a couple up there for all time Eels but I never really found I could grasp the album to my bosom.
Live, he's the boss. The main incarnations. Performance man. Anyone should go see him ever anywhere live. Gutted when their show near me got cancelled on the Tremendous Dyanmite tour (love it so much when he's in rockin' Eels mode).
being the important lyric here, in a lovely but utterly predictable song
Possibly more heavy-going than Electro-Shock Blues....Turns out this is the divorce record that End Times wasn't quite. Either going to be unlistenable or masterful.
Musically its the cousin of Daisies of The Galaxy. Possibly his most cohesive record- it flows as an album really well.
Agatha Chang and Mistakes of My Youth dont stand out in isolation but within the context of the album are great.
Its the heartbreak record and some isolated lyrics are devastating but its not a slit your wrists style heartbreak record.
A really lovely thing is there are musical echoes thru many of the songs that seem to be nods to most of his previous albums: there's a little bit of Beautiful Freak's harmony stashed away in there, a little bit of sounds from Daises Of The Galaxy, Blibking Lights (the song)...
Try it.. but let it breathe .. and dont expect rockin Eels mode.
now i'm excited
Barbican - July 24th
Colston Hall Bristol - July 25th
Sage Gateshead - July 26th
Does the general choice of venues on this tour lend itself to down tempo Eels rather than rock out Eels ? I think so..
the other week - that is indeed the plan.
Wheres the interview going to appear? DiS?
and they went on sale a day earlier than advertised (presumably due to Friday being a bank holiday). As a result, I find myself in Row P. Which is OK but I wanted to be further forward than that.
I've given up expecting a new Eels album to provide any surprises, but there's something reassuring about the near-annual event of another good Eels album coming out.
But I'm still very excited to listen to the new one.
that I haven't been disappointed with on first listen/actually want to listen to again. 'Series of Misunderstandings' is probably the only song from the last few albums where I actually got excited by, as it sounds so nicely different, like Eels songs of old.
Series of Misunderstandings had me excitedly trembling... harks back to Electro Shock Blues era.
be they acoustic or electric. I dunno, I just feel like it might push him to experiment with different sounds and songs again.
wasn't blown over by any of the previous bonus CD's on the last few albums, but this one contains some songs that are equal to most of the songs on the album, plus some really good live session versions that don't just feel tokenistic.