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  • Summary: Based in Los Angeles, the Eels have had some stateside success on MTV but have perhaps found greater popularity in the UK and Europe. This new LP (their fourth) features guest appearances by Koool G Murder, John Parish (who also produces), and Joe Gore.

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Fresh Feeling
You don't have a clue What it is like To be next to you. I'm here to tell you That it is good That it is true. Birds singing a song Old paint is... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Alternative Press
    80
    Fresh, funny and unpredictable. [Apr 2002, p.72]
  2. Magnet
    80
    The whole album rocks. [#53, p.74]
  3. More than just a sick joke, Souljacker is a rocking, thought-provoking journey.
  4. The group's most spirited and rock-oriented record to date.
  5. From the blues-based grit and spit of the opening track to the messy distortion throughout, Souljacker launches an all-out attack on familiar Eels themes -- insecurity, loneliness, despair -- but this time from a more universal standpoint.
  6. Blender
    60
    Strange stuff, but oddly appealing. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.111]
  7. The whole back half of Souljacker drops into a range between plain bad and plain vanilla with only the occasional standard deviation above musically amusing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Ian
    Feb 20, 2002
    10
    It's safe to say that nobody has created such an immediately unique sound for themselves since Shampoo were huge. At once spooky, It's safe to say that nobody has created such an immediately unique sound for themselves since Shampoo were huge. At once spooky, melancholic, strange and exhilarating. It crosses genres to show everyone from pop princesses to fuck-you-metallers how their type of music should be done. With a combination like this, all infused with wit and a quality control that should make others blush, you have no excuses not to go out and buy it now. Collapse
  2. OliverI.
    Mar 14, 2002
    10
    Come ON, reviewers. Obviously the a: onslaught of teen pop and b: your rush to slobber and drool over such supposedly groundbreaking acts as Come ON, reviewers. Obviously the a: onslaught of teen pop and b: your rush to slobber and drool over such supposedly groundbreaking acts as Starsailor and Elbow has dulled your listening sensibilities. No other way about it, Souljacker is a masterpiece. Funkier numbers like Dog Faced Boy, Souljacker Pt 1 and Teenage Witch are great, but it is with the sublime World of Shit that the album truly rises above the stratosphere. Expand
  3. PD
    May 3, 2002
    10
    Best pop album of 2001. Too bad the US had to wait 'till 2002 to hear it. E is a genius.
  4. MikeL.
    Mar 20, 2002
    9
    lovin it