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Wonderful Glorious [VINYL] [EP]

Eels Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl (5 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Cobraside
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,179 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The prolific Mark Everett, more usually known as E, has been writing and recording as Eels since 1996, when debut album Beautiful Freak garnered him acclaim and hits, including Novocaine for the Soul.

Between then and now, Eels albums have usually arrived at impressively regular one- or two-year intervals – although four years separated 2005’s Blinking Lights… and 2009’s Hombre Lobo. Everett often replays themes from his troubled past beside current issues, joined by a rotating cast of band members, himself the only constant.

Wonderful, Glorious is album number 10, and, in tone and voice, immediately recognisable as an Eels release. Sad-sounding songs with angry words (On the Ropes’ “I’m hurting bad and I’m fighting mad”) meet others like New Alphabet, where E’s upbeat outlook (“You know what? I’m in a good mood today”) contradicts the fierce tone of the delivery.

Bombs Away just sounds plain cross, both in tone and its defiant, “I’ve had enough of being a mouse,” no-more-Mr-Nice-Guy message. Up-tempo moments like this, Stick Together and Open My Present are often more satisfying than slower efforts, like the ponderous Accident Prone.

On the Ropes, though, bucks this trend. A soft and tender song, E’s voice takes on the grizzled, careworn voice of an old-time country singer as he tells, with a resigned melancholy, of his “tired heart”, on what is a clear high point of the set.

Peach Blossom, with its headache-buzz of bass and repeated inducement to “Open the window man, and smell the peach blossom,” is also good, its debt to The Stranglers’ Peaches evident but not overwhelming. I Am Building a Shrine brings an interesting psychedelic wash in its sound, as E considers “All the love you bring me / All the tender words you sing me.”

Whilst not a recommended starting point for newcomers to Everett’s work (for that, try Beautiful Freak or its follow-up, Electro-Shock Blues), this is an album in which Eels followers will find much to enjoy. It continues the band’s long-running, idiosyncratic and distinctively creative career path.

--Jude Clarke

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow burner ignites 12 April 2013
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This is a slow burner of an Eels album. Initially, you wonder if Mr E will ever get back to the heights of Blinking Lights, following the slightly underwhelming trilogy of Hombre Lobo (especially disappointing), End Times and Tomorrow Morning. But rest assured, with this one he does, once you allow it to settle in and make itself at home.

It’s a more ‘rock’ album than we’re used to, confirmed by the current live set, which features just about all of it, and just about all of its personnel, and which is played loud. But E’s gift for tunes is undimmed beneath the volume, along with his gift for the arresting lyric. You can see all that encapsulated here in The turnaround, one of the best things he’s ever done: the closing, ascending, repeated ‘Six bucks in my pocket…’ motif will have you out of your seat. And it’s not the only highlight: the title track, the album’s closer, repeats his custom of ending albums on an uplifting note – as it ends the main part of the live set. There are others, but you don’t want a list of tracks you haven’t heard. Hear them!

I bought the ‘deluxe’ edition with the bonus disc, and just for once, you get a bonus disc that’s really worth having: four studio tracks, including I’m your brave little soldier, which features in the live set, and some very worthwhile live cuts, especially the storming version of Prizefighter, which is also currently featuring. I’ve played it almost as much as the ‘real’ album. But not quite. E on the ropes? Not a bit of it. This is a great American artist at somewhere near the top of his game.
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4.0 out of 5 stars E's 'Classic Rock' Album 5 July 2013
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Eels history seems to be repeating itself. The trilogy of albums that precedes 'Wonderful, Glorious' followed an emotional cycle from extroverted rock and ballads (Hombre Lobo) to maudlin introspection (End Times) through to optimistic recovery (Tomorrow Morning) that seemed to mimic Eels' earliest albums (Beautiful Freak, Electro-Shock Blues and Daisies of the Galaxy, respectively). 'Daisies of the Galaxy' was followed up with the guitar-laden and barn-storming 'Souljacker' and in a way 'Wonderful, Glorious' follows this pattern, being very much a balls-out, grizzled, straight-up blues rock record.

Most of the songs have been written during sessions with the whole band and this really shows in that maybe for the first time in their career this really sounds like a rock band; not just songs by E arranged to be performed by others. I'm not saying if that's good or bad, but it certainly makes for a different record. Some of the production and overall sound hark back to classic rock of the 70s - listen to the warm guitar on tracks like 'Wonderful, Glorious' or the organ and percussion during the build-up on 'The Turnaround'. As some others have said, the songs are a bit of a slow burn, but repeat listens reveal some highlights: 'Peach Blossom' is head and shoulders my favourite, with a seriously satisfying fuzzy bass groove. 'New Alphabet' and 'Bombs Away' also stand out as top tunes.

Tough and tender, with serious attitude and swagger, 'Wonderful, Glorious' is another great and unique addition to the Eels catalogue.

PS - It is well worth the extra money for the 2-disc edition - following a spoken intro you get four more new studio songs as well as storming live versions of some Eels classics old and new.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album 4 Mar 2013
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I am an eels fan so slightly biased. But this is a well-balanced accessible album most fans of indie music will like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great double album! 24 Feb 2013
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Been an Eels fan for years now. Love this latest contribution. CD 2 is brilliant with the inclusion of live material. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! 16 Mar 2014
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Love vinyl and this is an excellent addition to my collection will keep looking for more new records as you are quite cheap
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eels - Wonderful, Glorious 18 Feb 2014
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The clue is in the title ! a superb and sublime work of musical genius. Several friends will be getting it as a present
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Eels 4 Dec 2013
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This doesn't disappoint thoroughly enjoyable with immediately likeable tracks and others that grow with listening and then become great.Lyrically witty and poignant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, Glorious! 4 Dec 2013
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I have loved Eels ever since "Beautiful Freak" burst onto the music scene in the mid-90s and completely changed my musical world. I've been buying every release by them since then and there have been very few disappointments, thanks to Mark 'E' Everett's fantastic songwriting and his high artistic standards. Eels albums tend to be a cut above most other albums released and "Wonderful, Glorious", their 10th studio album, is no exception. This is quite a heavy blues-rock dominated album and has more of a band feel to it, rather than simply being a vehicle for what can sometimes seems like an Everett solo project and, as such, there are plenty of band co-writes for the tracks. I find this quite an exciting record, most of the tracks get the adrenaline pumping and it's perfect for listening to get you all set for a night out or just to get the household chores done to. Of course, it wouldn't be an Eels album without a few dark tales of pathos and there just enough stories of hurt and woe to satisfy those who crave E's trademark bittersweet balladry.

More than half of the tracks on offer here are absolutely top-quality. Thumping tom-toms announce this album's rocking intent and the fuzzy, scratchy "Bombs Away" kicks off the music in a slightly low-key, menacing way. "Kinda Fuzzy" has a few great riffs and a superb groove, "Peach Blossom" is surely one of the best Eels tracks ever, despite it's relative simplicity, boasting a formidable, powerful riff, thundering drums and a catchy vocal hook and the emotive "The Turnaround" has a brilliant refrain that builds to a smouldering climax.
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