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The Musical Equivalent of a cup of tea...,
This review is from: Daisies of the Galaxy (Audio CD)
Eels were one of those bands who I'd always wanted to get more into, after hearing 'Novocaine...' but for whatever reason, i decided to get this album first. Prt of me is a little gutted i did though, because next to this, anything E and his not-so-merry men have created pails in insignifance.
The very Beatles-esque intro to Grace Kelly Blues fades away to reveal how the rest of this album means to go on...simple acoustic guitar parts, backed with functional basslines and catchy melodies. Tis may not sound like much, but the result really is beautiful in it's simplicity.
Fans of E's other stuff may be incredibly surprised by the albums positive vibe, in contrast to the bleak, atmospheric Beautiful Freak and Electro-Shock Blues. Even more so, when they find out this album was written in direct response to the death of his mother and sister. Interesting...
The best song on this album, probably through no coincidence being the simplest too, comes in Track 4s 'I like birds'. Using an effortless 3 chord progression, chirpy lyrics and a whistled backing melody, the song practically beams out of your speakers at you, unearthing many happy memories you feared lost.
This album will wake you up on a monday morning, restore your faith in life, reassure you through bad times, and make you smile through the good (hence the title of this review...). I recommend any music fan gives this a try, as its appeal is universal. No doubt about it, worth all of its 5 stars...