Eels: Wonderful, Glorious (Universal)

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Eels: On the Ropes
Eels: Wonderful, Glorious (Universal)

Mark Everett (aka Eels) has written albums about family death/illness (not as bleak as that sounds, but dark nonetheless), knows his way around an uplifting pop song and on Hombre Loco (2009) alternated searing Neil Young-rock with disarming ballads to parallel the Jekyll'n'Hyde nature of our base and sublime desires.

Everett can be into slightly difficult-to-follow concepts, but you can hook in for one album and try him for size.

This might be the right fit for many.

Peach Blossom pulls together White Stripes/Black Keys basement blues with a cute melodic flourish; On the Ropes and The Turnaround are throaty alt.country acoustic ballads ripe for melancholy Mark Knopfler fans; and the guitar-grit then string-embellished New Alphabet (“I'm in a good mood today”, riiight) allows the misanthrope out with “when the world stop making sense just take what you can get”.

At such times Everett – as on Hombre Loco – snaps between positive and negative poles and creates sparks between.

This album marries bilious pop with quietly distorted ballads (the lovely and tuneful whirlpool of I Am Building a Shrine) and the never-convincing sentiment of the folk-funk Beach Boys title track.

Loyalists should love this because it's evidence for unconvinced friends of Eels/Everett's peculiar pop (and not) gifts.

A real good'un which slithers into your subsconscious.

A number of previous Eels have been reviewed at Elsewhere. See here

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George - Feb 21, 2013

One of my very favourite acts of the past few decades and not yet content to produce filler; the intensity E brings to every project sets the bar higher for the rest of us. Often so simple it shouldn't work, but perfectly pitched so it usually does.

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