• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2009
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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  1. guye
    Jun 4, 2009
    5
    A mediocre effort from one of my favourite cigar puffing beards. there's no fresh direction, simple melodies, fewer than usual powerful hooks. the best tracks, for the first time in eels history, sound like they could have been on earlier eels albums. and its short. i think being an author and tv star may have been distractions.
  2. DanielG
    Jun 23, 2009
    5
    This album sounds like a mainstream pot-boiler compared to his previous releases. It's all not bad, but there is only one song that was memorable for me (the look you give that guy). It reminds me of Souljacker in that it has too much levity (Souljacker had a few better songs though). Perhaps, E has exorcised all of his demons now and can only make light, fluffy, empty songs. This album sounds like a mainstream pot-boiler compared to his previous releases. It's all not bad, but there is only one song that was memorable for me (the look you give that guy). It reminds me of Souljacker in that it has too much levity (Souljacker had a few better songs though). Perhaps, E has exorcised all of his demons now and can only make light, fluffy, empty songs. I'm disappointed. Great CD case, though! Expand
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mojo
    80
    Lean and timeless sounding, it's also as truthful as Everett's sobering autobiography, Things The Grandchildren Should Know. [Jun 2009, p.104]
  2. 60
    The gentler E distances himself from his lycanthropic alter ego, searching for Ms. Right backed by a familiar arsenal of winsome melodies and elegant string arrangements.
  3. The garage rock is fun, but the mesmeric admissions of loneliness and failings make this one to return to.