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Beautiful Freak

Eels Audio CD
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Dr. Hugh Everett III, Ph.D., was what Scientific American magazine calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." A quantum physicist who authored The Many Worlds Theory, Everett inspired countless science fiction books, movies and Star Trek episodes with the concept of parallel universes. As a young teenager he exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, debating ... Read more in Amazon's Eels Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreamworks Records
  • ASIN: B000005ALP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Novocaine For The Soul 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Susan's House 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rags To Rags 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beautiful Freak 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Not Ready Yet 4:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. My Beloved Monster 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Flower 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Guest List 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mental 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Spunky 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Your Lucky Day In Hell 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Manchild 4:050.99  Buy MP3 

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E, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with LA band Eels, had already recorded two solo albums before teaming up with drummer Butch and bassist Tommy to produce Beautiful Freak. Opener and single "Novocaine for the Soul" set the tone: melodic, articulate pop that, like fellow LA musician Beck, makes startling and inventive use of samples, beats and odd arrangements. The Eels' music takes in post-Nirvana grunge, soul, country, hip-hop, and even jazz, all without sounding derivative; E's intensely personal lyrics are similarly multi-faceted, blending wit, angst, disaffection, and surreal urban detail--as in the mournfully soundtracked cross-city trek of "Susan's House". Throughout the eclectic swirl of musical influence and misanthropic irony the band never lose the ability to craft affecting laid-back pop songs and subtle, naggingly catchy hooks. An inspired album, and that rare thing, an art-house rock record full of memorable tunes. --Burhan Tufail

Product Description

1. Novocaine For The Soul (Album Version
2. Susan's House
3. Rags To Rags
4. Beautiful Freak
5. Not Ready Yet
6. My Beloved Monster
7. Flower
8. Guest List
9. Mental
10. Spunky
11. Your Lucky Day In Hell
12. Manchild

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully refreshing 6 Aug 2002
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I came across eels while browsing ('beloved monster' from the film 'shrek' led me to them), and bought the album on impulse. Listening to it for the first time was a wonderful experience. It is brilliant to find something completely new, completely honest and instantly recognisable. Nothing is held back: this music comes from the heart. The lyrics are intelligent, unpatronising and complex, while the music is wonderful, gentle, soothing, melodic. The songs vary from the uplifting ('beautiful freak' and 'spunky' are two of my favourites) to the more gloomy ('flower' and 'susan.') There are songs for good days, and songs for bad days. Every song rang a bell to me, and to find music which is so emotional and beautiful will be refreshing to anyone who just wants to be their own beautiful freak.
'One day the world will be ready for you, and wonder how they didn't see.' (Spunky, track 10)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my top 10 albums of all time 2 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Why why why are the Eels not more popular? This album is an absolute classic. Go on give it a few listens and see if you dont agree.
Sad, Honest , funny. the lyrics are amazing.
Every song a masterpiece.
Novacaine for the soul is by no means the best.
I cant understand why it was the best known single.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lullabies of loneliness 20 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
I don't think to this day you will ever hear any band or artiste like the EELS. What they do so very well is they have a sound of their own, and that sound is full of riffs on the ugliness of life, what it is to be alone, but at the same time has it's sweet and even funny moments. A fantastic example of the rang the EELS have is the song Guest List, a song basically about not being beautiful enough to be on the guest list for a party, "Am I one of the beautiful people?/Is my name on the list?/Wanna be one of the beautiful people/Wanna feel like I'm missed".
The whole album is really beautifully done in an ugly way(not meaning to pun on the album title, Beautiful Freak), in the fact that E's discordant, rough voice, evoking humour, loneliness, and what it is to not be a part of a crowd.
There's so many good tracks on this album, it'd take too long to tell you about them all, and it would ruin the experience. But for me, the track that always gets me right in the chest is Manchild, with it's stark, lonely beauty, sang by E in the voice of a child. The opening guitar on it sounds a bit like Everybody Hurts, like a gently lulling thrum, as he's singing "Every time you crave for me, I'm here/And anything you're hungry for, I'll share/And I will be quietly standing by/While slowly I am dying inside." E knows what it is to be alone; to be in love with a girl who will never return that love and will never be saved, a girl that will forget you as soon as she doesn't need you.
If you've ever felt alone, unrequited and out of step, then I'd highly reccomend this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely fascinating, give it a listen 9 Jun 2000
By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is quite a remarkable CD. In places, it captures the same bleak mood of Lou Reed's "Berlin" though the subject matter is completely different. Musically there are some similarities too in that many of the songs are more like poems read out to music.
If you are going to present something like that, you need strong lyrics and the ones here are certainly up to it. In particular, "Susan's House", "Beautiful Freak", "Flower", "Guest List", and "Spunky".
Musically, Eels have a lot to say, this album is very original and creative. It's well worth a listen.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great suprise 2 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the first album I've bought through amazon links and recommendations. Its great. As someone who is now in his 40's, I'd started to lose the will to listen to the new, but its really difficult not to like this album. The lyrics are sensitive, witty and strangly uplifting, the music is eclectic with loads of influences which, as someone who grew up in the 70's, I could feel comfortable with. Absolutely recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life (and taste) changing album 7 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
Without a doubt, this is a life and taste changing album and I first heard this album when I was working at a music store. One of the sales assistants put it on the shop's stereo system and it completely stopped me in my tracks. I struggled to concentrate on what I was doing as it was like nothing else I'd ever heard before and, many years later, it still a similar effect. This is one of those unique pieces of work, of genius, that seems to come out of nowhere, has a profound effect on your world and is never replicated by anybody again. Of course, Mark 'E' Everett and Eels (which have undergone a few line-up changes with E being the only ever-present) have gone on to produce a varied, but altogether rather incredible, body of work, but this, for me, remains his most astonishing, vital and exemplary album.

Everett's major label début as Eels has a rather battered, bruised, dirty and downtrodden feel to it, his voice is weary and defeated and there are so many references to the bleak and often cruel, violent world we inhabit, but it is also a magnificently beautiful slice of indie-pop and the darkness running throughout the album always has little chinks of light which sometimes become dazzling and all-encompassing. You could describe most of this album as "radio friendly" and yet it all has an edge which means that it couldn't really be thought of as commercial. It kicks off with "Novocaine For The Soul", the song which made most people sit up and notice. The verses are dark and menacing, the chorus powerful, but dreamy; it is a near-perfect piece of indie-pop. The opening line of the song (and album), "Life is hard/and so am I/You'd better give me something/so I don't die" is an immediate attention-grabber.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My colleague thinks it's good.
I bought it on behalf of a colleague. He likes it. As soon as I passed it to him he had it in the CD player.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. S. M. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Super relaxing. Interesting lyrics. Great content. Really love 'this could be your lucky day in hell'. Thanks a lot Eels.
Published 13 months ago by Jamesp
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever Eels Album
This was my introduction to Eels (not THE Eels, for the benefit of the uneducated) & I still love it as much as I did in 1999.... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Eg Voysey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Love the album excellent tracks quirky music downloaded straight to my phone within minutes and am also able to access from amazon cloud.
Published 13 months ago by Suki Westmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Over and Over
Probably the album I have played over and over the most. One of those albums that sets a scene and draws you in to the curious little world it creates and shows you around. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by MrT
5.0 out of 5 stars A great fluke discovery
I was amazed the first time I sampled this album in a HMV listening post. Just browsing the music store, and I put the headphones on, tried each track and loved the uplifting... Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by K. L. Hopwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves to be listened to, again and again
This album really is a hidden gem. I decided to re-listen to it recently and was blown away by it. 15 years after it's original release and it still sounds amazing. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2011 by The Thin White Buk
4.0 out of 5 stars Just love it.
I bought this after hearing tracks from the Hellboy and Shrek films. Those are quite poppy in comparison to the rest of the album but I just love it entirely. Well worth buying.
Published on 30 Sep 2010 by Fragile Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks like E thinks the glass is half empty!
The album starts with a happy sounding plinky plonky tune on "Novocaine for the Soul" but before long an ominous string section comes in to darken the mood. Read more
Published on 10 July 2010 by haunted
5.0 out of 5 stars even better revisited
An amazing album rediscovered after 10 years, manchild still brings a tear to my eye.
Published on 12 Jun 2010 by SE
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