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Wonderful, Glorious
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 4 December 2013
I have loved Eels ever since "Beautiful Freak" burst onto the music scene in the mid-90s and completely changed my musical world. I've been buying every release by them since then and there have been very few disappointments, thanks to Mark 'E' Everett's fantastic songwriting and his high artistic standards. Eels albums tend to be a cut above most other albums released and "Wonderful, Glorious", their 10th studio album, is no exception. This is quite a heavy blues-rock dominated album and has more of a band feel to it, rather than simply being a vehicle for what can sometimes seems like an Everett solo project and, as such, there are plenty of band co-writes for the tracks. I find this quite an exciting record, most of the tracks get the adrenaline pumping and it's perfect for listening to get you all set for a night out or just to get the household chores done to. Of course, it wouldn't be an Eels album without a few dark tales of pathos and there just enough stories of hurt and woe to satisfy those who crave E's trademark bittersweet balladry.

More than half of the tracks on offer here are absolutely top-quality. Thumping tom-toms announce this album's rocking intent and the fuzzy, scratchy "Bombs Away" kicks off the music in a slightly low-key, menacing way. "Kinda Fuzzy" has a few great riffs and a superb groove, "Peach Blossom" is surely one of the best Eels tracks ever, despite it's relative simplicity, boasting a formidable, powerful riff, thundering drums and a catchy vocal hook and the emotive "The Turnaround" has a brilliant refrain that builds to a smouldering climax. The pounding "Stick Together" is a marvellous aural assault, "True Original" is absolutely gorgeous, a magnificent composition on the same level as "That Look You Give That Guy" (from "Hombre Lobo") and "Open My Present" is a mighty riff-driven moody blue-rock monster. "You're My Friend", a tribute to a particular friendship, really is quite a genuinely sweet song, without falling into the trap of over-sentimentality, the delicately beautiful "I Am Building A Shrine" is the track most like the early Eels sound on this album and the stellar title track, "Wonderful, Glorious", ends the album with an accomplished string-laden flourish, almost saving the best until last.

To surmise, this is a great album. The bonus disc on the deluxe edition is great value and very much worth having, with some good, exclusive studio songs and eight great live tracks. It is perhaps not the greatest Eels album ever made (there are a handful of albums which have a more worthy claim to that title), but it really is an excellent, thoroughly enjoyable piece of work (and enjoyable isn't something you can always say about an Eels album) that probably just squeezes into my top five releases by Everett and his band. I'd confidently say that it's Eels' best album since the incredible "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations". I suppose that, at this stage of their career, they're not likely to win many new fans because it's not exactly news that a long-established artist has released yet another excellent record, but this is so much better than the vast majority of albums released this year. Not as exciting as a brand new, talented artist with unknown potential, of course, but much more satisfying and accomplished than most of the younger "big names" that dominate the album charts. This really does exactly what it says on the tin... "Wonderful, Glorious", indeed!
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on 12 April 2013
This is a slow burner of an Eels album. Initially, you wonder if Mr E will ever get back to the heights of Blinking Lights, following the slightly underwhelming trilogy of Hombre Lobo (especially disappointing), End Times and Tomorrow Morning. But rest assured, with this one he does, once you allow it to settle in and make itself at home.

It’s a more ‘rock’ album than we’re used to, confirmed by the current live set, which features just about all of it, and just about all of its personnel, and which is played loud. But E’s gift for tunes is undimmed beneath the volume, along with his gift for the arresting lyric. You can see all that encapsulated here in The turnaround, one of the best things he’s ever done: the closing, ascending, repeated ‘Six bucks in my pocket…’ motif will have you out of your seat. And it’s not the only highlight: the title track, the album’s closer, repeats his custom of ending albums on an uplifting note – as it ends the main part of the live set. There are others, but you don’t want a list of tracks you haven’t heard. Hear them!

I bought the ‘deluxe’ edition with the bonus disc, and just for once, you get a bonus disc that’s really worth having: four studio tracks, including I’m your brave little soldier, which features in the live set, and some very worthwhile live cuts, especially the storming version of Prizefighter, which is also currently featuring. I’ve played it almost as much as the ‘real’ album. But not quite. E on the ropes? Not a bit of it. This is a great American artist at somewhere near the top of his game.
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on 7 October 2013
Having listened to this album a few times now I must say that this is a terrific record! The lyrics and themes are optimistic and positive while the music is indeed wonderful/glorious!

This listener likes all of the tracks but personal favourites include the wistful 'Accident Prone' the bluesy 'The Turnaround', the defiant 'On the ropes' the single 'New Alphabet' and the sublime 'I am building a shrine'. Furthermore the album closes brilliantly with the uplifting 70s retro feel of 'Wonderful, Glorious' which leaves the listener bathing in a glow of optimisim and love.

I really like this record and I just hope and pray that Mark Everett continues to make wonderful music for many years to come! recommended to all Eels fans or music lovers in general!

N.B. The bonus disc that comes with the deluxe edition of the album is also superb that contains an interesting cover of The Lovin' Spoonful's 'Summer In The City'. Thanks for reading friend.
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on 10 July 2013
Bought this with high expectations, especially as I'd seen the band when they were last in the UK (not 2013) and it certainly lived up to my hopes.
The man can really still rock, and played loud on the road this is a great rockin album; the bonus disc is good, too. But, as always, E has that ability to mix quiet, thoughtful tracks alongside gritty ones.
Stand-outs? 'Stick together' off the album; and 'That's not really funny' off the bonus disc.
Might have been nice to have had a few more live tracks, but overall a fine album.
Highly recommended.
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on 16 January 2018
Beautiful music.
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on 31 March 2013
I have most of E's catalogue: I was hooked after Beautiful Freak. As usual it took a few listens, but I love all of them!
Saw them on the latest tour, I don't understand why they aren't bigger.
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on 2 April 2013
I have been an Eels fan for a while now but the last 3 albums have not been their best. Too self indulgent and largly lacking in any stand out music.
Wonderful Glorious is one of their best albums and I think that with the songs now being co written with the other members of the band rather than just E, it seems like Eels have found a winning formula and are back with a cracking album. Wonderful glorious indeed.
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on 27 February 2013
I've been a die hard fan for a while now and buy everything this genius releases. I bought the cd with the extra cd. Which is a little lighter and more accessible. Overall a brilliant double.
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on 16 March 2014
Love vinyl and this is an excellent addition to my collection will keep looking for more new records as you are quite cheap
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on 7 June 2015
love the Eels!
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