Eels are a great band with a string of fine albums under their belt. Electro Shock Blues, their 2nd album, is a classic and 2005's Blinking Lights started to at last bring Eels the sort of critical acclaim they deserve. This CD is a live show from NYC on the tour that showcased the Blinking Lights release, although the songs have been re-worked with a string quartet. There is a smattering of old material, plus some new covers, and all work well with the atmospheric string and acoustic backing. Not many bands could pull this off, but with the genuis of frontman E and some fantastic musicians, the album works - it could have been a disaster in musical experimentation, but it really flies. The only warning is that if you're into Eels' livlier songs, one of the studio releases may be a better starting point, as the songs on this CD are among the more atomspheric from the Eels back catalogue and, even then, they have been slowed down somewhat (apart from a couple of exceptions, such as Hey Man!). Overall, a great combination of fine songwriting and good musicians and quite unlike any other release you'll listen to in 2006. Highly recommended.