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Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. While some of this album feels a bit rushed at times, as a whole Tomorrow Morning is a welcome contrast to the darkness of its predecessors, and a deft summertime pop record. Lord knows, a little optimism in these strange times is welcome--even if it comes from an unlikely source.
  2. The subject, or sound, of Tomorrow Morning might not be as grabby as the spirited desire of El Hombre Lobo or the relationship devastation of End Times, but it offers up its share of unassuming wonders. Besides, hope is no small thing, especially when it comes in the wake of such hardship.
  3. Eels' latest, Tomorrow Morning, is far too insular to mean much of anything outside itself. It's an exercise in self-referentiality, which might be more impressive if the music didn't sound like the folk-with-beats path Beck was smart enough to avoid.
  4. Sadly this spirit of renewal doesn't translate to the music. [Sep 2010, p.114]
  5. 80
    It turns out that this consistently astonishing writer chronicles happiness as astutely as he evokes its opposite. [Sep 2010, p.92]
  6. 80
    Creativity sometimes croaks when domestic bliss walks in, but not here. [Sep 2010, p.96]
  7. The tender optimism of tracks like "The Morning" and the gorgeous, harpsichord-led symphony "Oh So Lovely" are wonderfully uplifting, but there's still room for some snarky self-deprecation on "Baby Loves Me" too.
  8. Everett is a complicated dude, and perhaps he'll return to the dark stuff soon. That said, Tomorrow Morning proves a welcome change of pace.
  9. While the album feels a little overlong (even at 46 minutes) and lacks--understandably--the rawness of Hombre Loco or End Times, it's a warm, uplifting work.
  10. Overall, Tomorrow Morning is a good, but far from great, record.
  11. 80
    The wordless howl of delight on the exuberant gospel stomper "Looking Up" is Everett's most compelling statement yet.
  12. An intriguing addition to the Eels canon.
  13. Like many trilogies, though, the third one stumbles to reach the bar set by its predecessors. However, Morning certainly doesn't suck, and fans will appreciate its place in the evolution of Eels. [Sep 2010, p.109]
  14. In stark contrast to its title, Tomorrow Morning is dull, dark, and hopeless.
  15. It's a palate-cleanser for sure, and whatever lies next for Everett, you have to hope it's a little more emphatic than what's on offer here.
  16. 80
    An album awash in electronics and found sounds, Tomorrow Morning is as warm as it is weird and the perfect listen for anyone who wrongly believes happy people are all the same.
  17. Feb 12, 2013
    90
    An “anything goes” approach to recording, which included opening up to let his bandmates collaborate on the songwriting, pays off in this captivating collection.
  18. It's sometimes hard to push past the (at times) seriously sappy lyrics and focus on the music. Fortunately for us though, Eels are the focused ones here and have proven once again their acumen for crafting quirkily moody pop songs that are impossible not to like.
  19. Everett has stated that Tomorrow Morning is an album of redemption, and being so it beams with a warm and understated jovial jaunt that never outlives its welcome and is omnipresent throughout the album.
  20. Utilizing much fuller and considerably more electronic arrangements this time around, the album is uplifting and hopeful, though no less poignant; the tender self-evaluation of "What I Have To Offer" providing one of many particularly sweet moments.

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