Top positive review
E's best work and a work of true beauty
on 1 April 2014
Previous Eels albums were good or even great, but this one is stunning. Despite being a collection of very personal songs that only Mr E himself can ever truly understand, he actually does a fantastic job of conveying his emotions and feelings through his music. He even goes one step further and manages to invoke in me, a strong feeling of nostalgia. It makes me think back to my childhood and all my happy memories, but most of all it captures a melancholic feeling of times gone by. The album cover perfectly summarises my feelings towards this album in a way that my words cannot. It takes me back to the summer evenings of my childhood, and that alone is a reason why this album deserves 5 stars.
Another reason, is that the song-writing is utterly incredible. When I first played disc 1 several years ago, I didn't listen to the second disc in about a week, because I was scared to feel disappointed. I wasn't. While both discs can be enjoyed separately, there is nothing quite like the feeling I get when I've listened to all one and a half hours of music. The end to this album is one of the most personal songs I've ever heard, and ties the whole album together in a superb ending.
For those new to Eels (where have you been?), this is the best he has to offer (some might argue also for 'electro-shock blues'), but it means unfortunately that its all downhill from here. E has never managed to release a piece of work quite like this since. If you enjoy rock, particularly 70s classic era songwriting then check this album out. If you need further convincing, check out 'Railroad Man', a work of brilliance!