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This review is from: Shootenanny! (Audio CD)
"Shootenanny," say the Eels "was essentially the document of a live four piece rock band in the studio, recorded in ten days, as a kind of working vacation from the long and arduous process of making BLINKING LIGHTS"
Blinking lights is the next Eels album, and what I've just heard on their online 2 track sampler, it's going to be incredible.
This though, I think has to be understood as a bit of a side show from the main event. That's not to say it isn't very good, but it's not in the same league as the Electro-Shock or Daisies.
That said, it does go on to showcase how accomplished a songwriter E is. These quick compositions both rock you and move you, and are full of E's infamous wit. It has that great enery that comes from a live four-piece band (including Kool G and other usual suspects) and there's also a real beauty in the simplicity of many of the songs, particularly love of the loveless. Other highlights, Rock Hard Times, Wrong about Bobby, and Good Old Days. Shame Saturday Morning was so quite as a single, at least here in the UK.
It does mean, however, that many of the songs are samey and there's not the usual inventive instrumentation that make Eels such a joy. It's also a bit unsatisfying, if thought of as a proper album. But as a quick fix before the main event (coming April 26 - why can't we get it on Amazon yet if there's a worldwide release date?) it will do just fine. Cheers E.