- Summary: Mark Everett's diverse and epic sixth Eels album spans two CDs. It probably would never be classified as a happy album, but it does include appearances from Tom Waits, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian.
- Record Label: Vagrant
- Genre(s): Indie, Rock
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Minus the instrumentals (eight), tracks featuring guest stars (three), and songs whose only redeeming quality is their cool title (at least five, including "Son of a Bitch," "I’m Going to Stop Pretending I Didn’t Break Your Heart," and "Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb"), you’re really only left with a handful of bonafide Eels tunes.
AndrewMJan 17, 2008This record could be one of the best I've ever listened to. It's much, much more melancholy than something like Souljacker. While the lyrics are possibly stronger than they have ever been, most tracks are enjoyable just listening to how it sounds. Given that E spent 7 years creating the material on this album, the album is obviously going to be long. Not "bloated". As for it being self-indulgent, E's music is more a form of personal therapy than material for platinum records. "Electro-Shock Blues", the last magnum opus, was in response to family tragedies. Not to sell a lot of albums. Recovery. For a large part, the people who can enjoy this album are the ones who can sit back and listen to the beauty of E emptying his head. And it's entirely worth it.… Expand
ReneeHMay 6, 2005This is my favorite band of all time, producing their best work yet. Sublimtely beautiful and heart-rending.
eelpieApr 26, 2005Spanning the spectrum of emotions from suicidal to merely downbeat, via some cracking beatbox pop tunes, the depth of this album is awesome. E is in fine, fine voice throughout. Transcends the sum of its many, many wonderous parts.… Expand
DaveMSep 25, 2005I have never been a big eels fan but this in my mind is the best album of 2005. The last 2 songs are so incredible it makes it hard to listen to anything else, but the album as a whole is a masterpiece. Critics who say this is loaded with filler have no clue, every song stands on its own.… Expand
AntonyHJun 29, 2005This is his best album yet, it's the best cd I have bought in years and one I play from start to finish
Dec 12, 2011A very ambitious record from Mr E. For the most part's it's very successful and some of it is up with his best. Like many double albums, I think this could have been a 10 out of 10 16-18 track album. Some of the stuff on here we could do without. Not much mind you, but definitely some. But Mr E is an artist in every sense and it's not a surprise that he went for a 33 tracker here. Too many highlights to mention - I would highly recommend adding this record to your collection.… Expand
EelsMApr 26, 2005Seriously people, what is wrong! This record bliggity blows. Can't believe what this world is coming to.
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