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5.0 out of 5 stars
It's not a beautiful day through mr E's eyes, 22 Mar. 2004
First of all, can everyone understand this... Mr E's beautiful blues is not the happy song the reviewers have so far desribed. It may have a funky bass line and the lyrics 'God damn right it's a beautiful day' but those lyrics are just mr E being sarcastic. He is as beautifully sad on this song as on previous albums, for example the first verse 'The smokestack is spitting black soot into the sooty sky/ The load on the road brings a tear to the Indian's eye' or 'The clown with the frown driving down to the sidewalk fair/Finger on the trigger let me tell you gave us quite a scare'
But enough of this complaining, this is a beautiful album, but it doesn't quite have the depth of Electro-shock blues. For some the aforementioned album does get a little repetitively depressive, but for me that is where mr E is at his best. The chirpy 'I like birds' is a plus, but the best moments come thick and fast near the end, with emotional songs like 'Jeannies diary' and 'Something is sacred' The only negative thing i have to say about the album is the pointless instrumental 'Estate sale'.
This is an excellent album, as you would expect from Eels, but doesn't quite reach the heights of Electro-shock blues or Beautiful freak. Still, it is definately worth buying for anyone who recognises musical talent in beautiful music and doesn't just say think that if you listen to Eels/Radiohead/Elbow etc you want to commit suicide.