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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for indie rock band Eels was produced by frontman E and John Parish.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 90
    If you’re new to Everett’s talents, Extreme Witchcraft is a fine place to start, before working back through a catalog that has no weak entries. But this stands out as a highlight by his lyrical dexterity and the visionary Parish/Everett production partnership.
  2. 80
    We’ve been here before, but we’re back and it’s great.
  3. Jan 31, 2022
    80
    Extreme Witchcraft isn't a big basket of musical sunshine, but it's been a while since Eels have made an album with this sort of muddled joy, and it's a welcome development from one of pop's major misfits.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 25, 2022
    70
    Extreme Witchcraft snaps and snarls more than usual, but wit, tunes and third-degree self-awareness continue to serve the post-grunge Randy Newman well. [Feb 2022, p.28]
  5. Jan 25, 2022
    70
    Extreme Witchcraft proves Everett is willing to let it all hang out sonically, delivering enjoyable results.
  6. Jan 31, 2022
    60
    For those that grew to love EELS from their early beginnings in the late ’90s through the early 2000s, you’ll understand the shortcomings here. Fortunately, a sub-par EELS is still better than most but even a couple of the better tunes on Extreme Witchcraft such as “Good Night On Earth” and “Stumbling Bee” sound like re-hashed songs from a previous EELS record.
  7. Jan 31, 2022
    50
    There are some more subdued moments (the quiet standout Stumbling Bee) but on the whole Extreme Witchcraft is a frustratingly stodgy affair.

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Jan 31, 2022
    9
    I agree with the other reviewer - I'm a huge fan of Souljacker, feeling it's one of the great records of the early 200os. This is right upI agree with the other reviewer - I'm a huge fan of Souljacker, feeling it's one of the great records of the early 200os. This is right up there. Crunchy guitars, sonically dense - a great late night record. Expand
  2. Jan 31, 2022
    9
    The best Eels album since Souljacker (also produced by John Parish) and Blinking Lights…