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Souljacker - Limited Edition
Souljacker - Limited Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eels have morphed again and it's good..., 25 Sept. 2001
The thing I love about the Eels is that each one of their albums has sounded different from the rest while still being superb and this one doesn't disappoint in either respect.
The single release "Souljacker Part I" gives some indication of what to expect - the tone is darker than "Daisies of the Galaxy" with fuzzy, dark guitars and E growling along to an energetic beat. There is gentler material though, with songs like "Fresh Feeling", "Friendly Ghost" and "Souljacker part II" demonstrating the kind of wistful, heartfelt music E seems to have an unlimited supply of.
The album rewards close listening. In addition to the fact that each song tells a separate story, the Eels have drawn samples from their back catalogue which are employed to great effect on "Fresh Feeling" amongst other songs.
The album also comes with a bonus EP which -refreshingly since it's an extra - easily maintains the established standard. Look for "I write the B-sides" which is vintage Eels stuff from the Beautiful Freak era and also a beat-driven, bluegrass remix of "Mr E's Beautiful Blues"
Overall, fantastic stuff. I would recommend this to any fan of Eels or anyone looking for indy rock that's slightly offroad.

Souljacker Part I [CD 2] [CD 2]
Souljacker Part I [CD 2] [CD 2]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eels return. Dark, quirky, catchy and quintessentially them, 10 Sept. 2001
"Souljacker part 1" owes more to the first two Eels albums than the largley mellow, acoustic material on Daisies of the Galaxy. E's distinctive gravelly tone is slightly fuzzed and layed over a funky guitar riff. Drummer Butch keeps the tempo upbeat and also finds time to moonlight on maracas.
Aggressive without being mindless and still managing to display the trademark Eels kookiness this is a solid track.
B-side number 1 "I write the B-sides" is a gentle affair, in contrast. The lyrics are abstract on first listening - "I like to play in the snow/I stick my hand in now where did it go?/It might be mighty cold/But that's all part of not doing what you're told" - but this doesn't detract from the song.
B-side 2 is a cover of "Can't Help Falling In Love", extending the Eels tradition of covering old classic songs for live shows.
The single also includes the video of the title track, shot by German director Wim Wenders. It's set in an East German prison, populated entirely by women. E is dressed as the Unabomber with huge aviator style glasses, hooded top and beard. Haven't worked it out yet myself but if anyone does, get back to me...

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