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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
  • ASIN: B00000DF6N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. Going To Your Funeral Part I 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  4. My Descent Into Madness 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. 3 Speed [Explicit] 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Hospital Food 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Electro-Shock Blues 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Efils' God 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Going to Your Funeral Part II 1:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Last Stop: This Town (Album Version) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Baby Genius 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Climbing To The Moon [Explicit] 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Ant Farm 2:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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15. The Medication Is Wearing Off 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
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The sound of Eels' Electro-Shock Blues, the follow-up to the band's intriguing Beautiful Freak, reflects a year in which leader Mark "E" Everett suffered the loss of his sister to suicide as well as the illness of his mother and other tragedies. The music's hushed, sometimes dark sound and Everett's earnest vocals are often more convincing than his diary-entry lyrics, despite the power and daring inherent in describing illness in alt-pop settings that recall everything from hip-hop to Tom Waits. --Rickey Wright

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "ten_bob_revolutionary2" on 31 Aug. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am forever indebted to Maisie for being enthusiastic enough to sufficiently persuade my subconscience to firstly pick this out of a crowded record store rack and secondly buy it. The short review ends here: it's utterly flawless, buy it now.
Shy and flirtatious, the record is most immediately striking in its peculiar mix of the odd and the impenetrable. Give it time though, and like a friend becoming more open the tunes come out to play in all the sunshine of a pop record. From behind the daunting veneer of E's eclecticism (the record encompasses ska, hip hop and tom waits-style odes to the oddball with seamless cohesion) there emerges, with time, a secret garden of some of the most beautiful music put on record in the last ten years.
On the opening and title tracks E manages to chronicle his sister's suicide with the kind of semi-detached intimacy that steers Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar' away from trite self-pity and into something genuinely harrowing and affecting. It's like watching a car crash - terrible and private in its horror, yet somehow seductive in its explicit beauty. Even at its most desperate, Electro-Shock Blues is as addictive as hell.
The events that would inspire much of the album (The suicide of E's sister and his mother's terminal illness) are perfectly balanced in the closing PS You Rock My World. What can you say about this song? From the very abyss of despair comes a hope like the thread of light from beneath a cell door, a hope that moves to tears, shivers and near nausea. If the previous 40 minutes of Electro Shock Blues are spent emptying your soul to the very last drop, its final three are spent pouring back sweet, hair-on-end affirmation of life itself. Sometimes words are just so inadequate, aren't they?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 May 2003
Format: Audio CD
The other day, I was discussing the Eels with a friend and fellow fan. During the conversation, it came out that, whilst owning all the other Eels records, he had never bought Electro-shock blues. When I asked him why, he explained how he thought that with the album being heavily influenced by the death of E's sister, it would be too depressing for his liking. I initially agreed; it does contain two tracks entitled "Going to you're funeral" after all. But after some thought, I came to see that nothing could be further from the truth.
This is infact a hugely uplifting album. Yes, individually tracks such as "Elizabeth on the bathroom floor" are nothing but harrowing. (E's sister was called Elizabeth by the way) But the album is more about how E came to terms with his sister's death than her death itself, and as such makes for a profound listening experience.
The opening half of the album deals mainly with his grief and anger at what's happened, giving some great musical moments on the way. Then the album turns on the line "You're dead, but the world keeps turning" on Last stop: this town and he becomes more acceptant and reflective about what's happened. But, the main reason why it's such an uplifting album is that it can begin with the line "my life is s**t and p**s", and then end with the line "maybe it's time to live".
Musically, it contains some of E's best work. There is a real diversity of styles, yet all the songs have a distinctive Eels feel about them. There's dissonant Jazz with a Tom Waits feel, accousic lead tracks, and more rocky moments with the odd hip-hop style beat thrown in for good measure! All held together by E's soulful vocal.
My personal Eels favourite, the highlights for me are the lush My Descent Into Madness, the bleak Electro-Shock Blues, the rocky Last Stop: This Town, and the simply beautiful P.S You Rock My World. Highly recommended.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By davidr_128 on 1 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
That "Difficult second album" syndrome, with a twist.
For me, the lyrics and sleeve was intense and moving experience. Listening to the album, you are immersed in the pain, loss, and sadness that E was going through at the time. Interspersed with a few sunny episodes, which intensifies the agony.
Is it a great work of art ? Yes.
Is it pleasant listening ? No. By about track 10 it is a contender for the most depressing album ever.
Should you buy it ? Hmmm. I'd advise most folk to start with Daisies of the Galaxy and then try Beautiful Freak. But this album takes you on a difficult journey. I doubt you'll listen to it all that often but perhaps it deserves a place in your collection.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Morgan on 17 Mar. 2006
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Such a bleak and depressing album. Yet I love listening to it.
Somehow it manages to cheer me up everytime.
I think you need to listen to it a couple of times, but once you get it - you cant stop.
highly recommended.
as are all of his albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
It was certainly a difficuilt task to follow Beautiful freak, but again the eels don't fail to disappiont. The album maintains the high level of consistancy, which we have come to expect from the eels.
Although some of the other reviews describe it as boring, and depressing. Certainly the single "Last stop: this town" paints a false image of what the album is like, and people buying the album expecting more catchy classics like "novicane for the soul" and "Susans House", will probably be dissapointed. But no hardened eels fan can be unhappy with Electro-shock Blues, it provides simplistic, atmopheric songs, which reflect on a very difficuilt period in E's life. However I feel the real power behind this album lies in the carfully crafted lyrics, these gives the album in my view a subtley uplifting quality, enhancing the album a sense of potensy. All together an awesome album, and one i would recommend to anyone, ( with a taste in quality music).
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