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Beautiful, smart, blackly funny and original.,
This review is from: Hombre Lobo (Audio CD)
After 6 unique and wonderful studio albums, a b-side compilation and a few live albums, it seemed impossible that Mark Oliver Everett could actually have more to give. Turns out on his 7th studio album with the eels, he has alot more to give. To put it simply, Hombre Lobo is it's own little masterpiece. There are 12 breathtaking songs here, that have barely left my headphones since the disc's release. What makes this album so wonderful is just how versatile it is. Over the years, E has shown us just how versatile he is, from the delicate melodies of Electro-shock blues, to the stomping, awesome dirty-rock tunes of Souljacker. His sound has never stopped developing: for every distorted guitar riff and churning grate, there is a string quartet and an orchestra. And this album represents these stages. It has the beautiful, haunting melodies ('In My Dreams'), the dirty, heavy rock songs ('Tremendous Dynamite') and a few up-beat sing-along songs ('Prizefighter').
The lyrics written by E are, as always, top notch. They range from brutal honesty to dark humor and irony, as told by a fictional character, the 'Hombre Lobo' or wolf-man, who to many is believed to be E himself. 'Hombre Lobo' is desperate, lonely man, desperate for love, acknowledgement or just human contact. Through the album, he goes through the frustration ('what's a fella gotta do?'), the lust ('fresh blood') and the quiet lonely desperation ('ordinary man'). Over the course of the album, a vivid picture is painted of an incredibly human man, one we sypathise, and at times, empathise with.
But Hombre Lobo never feels bad for himself. The gray truth never feels like moaning, and there is an odd sense of optimism. With E, there is always a brighter side to things, and humour to be found in total darkness.
This is simply one of the best ever albums written about unrequited love, lonliness and how it feels to be an out-sider. An absolute must for Eels fans, a good starting point for people un-familiar with Eels, and highly reccomended for anyone who wants to hear something unique and beautiful.