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|1. Grace Kelly Blues|
|2. Packing Blankets|
|3. The Sound Of Fear|
|4. I Like Birds|
|5. Daisies Of The Galaxy|
|7. It's A Motherfucker|
|8. Estate Sale|
|9. Tiger In My Tank|
|10. A Daisy Through Concrete|
|11. Jeannie's Diary|
|12. Wooden Nickles|
|13. Something Is Sacred|
|14. Selective Memory|
Particular highlights include Grace Kelly Blues - "The Kid at the mall works at hoddog-on-a-stick; his hat is a funny shape, his heart is a brick," - Selective Memory and Something Is Sacred.
Eels seem to go from strength to strength and this album is just another step up the ladder.
But enough of this complaining, this is a beautiful album, but it doesn't quite have the depth of Electro-shock blues. For some the aforementioned album does get a little repetitively depressive, but for me that is where mr E is at his best. The chirpy 'I like birds' is a plus, but the best moments come thick and fast near the end, with emotional songs like 'Jeannies diary' and 'Something is sacred' The only negative thing i have to say about the album is the pointless instrumental 'Estate sale'.
This is an excellent album, as you would expect from Eels, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Electro-shock blues or Beautiful freak. Still, it is definately worth buying for anyone who recognises musical talent in beautiful music and doesn't just say think that if you listen to Eels/Radiohead/Elbow etc you want to commit suicide.
Really really excellent album - deeply moving, amusing, personal, great lyrics. One of my ten all time favourite CDs.
Some tracks have immediate appeal; others are more subtle and take a bit of time.
At the risk of going off-topic;
- 1st CD Beautiful Freak is also good, especially the first 4-5 tracks. at least 4 stars
- 2nd CD Electro shock blues has some incredibly sad and moving lyrics - brought tears to my eyes reading them. but listening to the CD only the first track made a big impression. Lyrics 5* execution 3*.
- 4th CD Souljacker - variable, 3*.