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  • Summary: The Eels fifth album finds head Eel Mark Oliver Everett (aka "E") injecting more humor into his otherwise dark alt-rock tunes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. 88
    On Shootenanny!, they take a solid first step toward crafting their opus a la Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or Soft Bulletin. [#6, p.81]
  2. It offers the Eels' usual twisted take on California pop-rock, with more prominent blues voicings to complement the scrappy guitars and narcotized atmospherics. [6 Jun 2003, p.78]
  3. It's not as poppy as some of his other albums, but it is more focused and appealing, and one of the stronger testaments to his ornery talents.
  4. 70
    This is nihilistic pop at its finest. [Jun 2003, p.113]
  5. A return to quieter, more familiar Eels territory.
  6. Shootenanny! has all the soft harmonies and lush production of 2000's Daisies of the Galaxy, but while that masterpiece was an homage to symphonic pop, this one is rooted in Southern blues.
  7. Musically and lyrically, E is spent-- out of ideas, out of innovation, unable to cough up anything but by-the-numbers pop in the fourteen originals he wrote for this disc.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. markr
    Jul 21, 2004
    9
    There is no 'filler' on this cd, despite what others say. Simply a brilliant piece of ART!
  2. nicoleb
    Sep 16, 2003
    8
    This is much better than his last cd, souljacker, yet I feel nothing will come close to "Daisies of the Galaxy". This cd is definately worth This is much better than his last cd, souljacker, yet I feel nothing will come close to "Daisies of the Galaxy". This cd is definately worth purchasing and putting on high rotation Expand
  3. davidD
    Apr 29, 2007
    8
    Fuck you pitchfork. You guys reference electro shock blues but I know you would have given that album hell, too- if you were around.
  4. ChristopherN
    May 27, 2003
    6
    Surely not E's best work, but sure a lot more entertaining than Souljacker.

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