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Beautiful Freak (Audio Cassette) Import


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  • Audio Cassette (Aug. 13 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B000005ALQ
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)


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Format: Audio CD
Mark Everett had already made some albums under the name of "E". 'Beautiful Freak' was the first album under the name of Eels, hoping that his E albums would be standing next to the new ones, totally forgetting about bands like the Eagles.
The first track of this album to be released is the indie-classic 'Novocaine for the soul' with a great sample and piano intro. Many instruments are used on this album. Piano, Guitar, Banjo and many samples making it an interesting album to listen to. There are no bad songs and some very good ones. Beloved Monster is fun, Spunky very sweet. The quality of songs got better after this album, but this one is very diverse.
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Format: Audio CD
Awesome experimental debut for Butch, Tommy, and "E". I bought this album recently after seeing the Abandoned Pools in concert (Tommy is the lead singer) but hadn't heard anything off of it besides "Novacaine" on the radio and "My Beloved Monster" from Shrek. Boy was I missing out.
I'm more of an 'experimental' Eels fan; albums like Beautiful Freak and Electro-shock are better in my opinion just because of the extreme diversity between songs. From the quasi-piano balled of the title track to the pure rock and roll number "Mental", E and the crew keep you guessing.
Lyrically, the sardonic humor really shines here; especially on "Susan's House" which really paints a nice story (albeit it jumps from one place to another in a town). E is a better ironic-writer than beck and a lot more self-deprecating and expressive ("Everyday they rain down on me, flower in a hailstorm")
If you're in 'one of those moods' or just looking for something interesting from a very talented group of musicians, look no further than The Eels.
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By Grayson Sapp on March 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
I heard of (E) through watching the movie Levity. I liked the style of his playing and singing, so I thought I would check him out. I got Beautiful Freak and I am currently listening to it through the first time, and already love it.
The music and the styles are very diverse, which I love, yet the whole album does maintain a laid back feel. I'm all about experimentation so that was a big plus for me.
The lyrics are another amazing aspect. They are very sarcastic, strait to the point, and even laugh out loud funny sometimes. I love his ability to write something so "real", listen for yourself to truely understand what I am saying. The vocal style is also very nice, very Beck.
While this CD is awesome, I would say it would not appeal to everyone. If your not into experimental stuff, then you should probably look elsewhere, but if you enjoy something original, this is a treat for ears to listen to.
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Format: Audio CD
The greatest word to describe this album is beautiful. It starts off with Novocain for the Soul, which has a sort of nostalgic theme while reminding me of a music box. The record goes on to Beautiful Freak, which has haunting piano music and vocals, to ending with Manchild, the only song on the album which hasn't completely captured me, simply because of the girl whining in the background. This is an extremely solid album. While alot of people think it's depressing, I find it rather affirming and certainly uplifting. Its soft, skillful, poignant music has that magical ability to take you to some emotional place you've never been, where you aren't completely happy but you're perfectly content with everything and wouldn't change any of it.
The lyrics, on paper, seem highly disregardable, but when the singer E embraces them, they have more meaning than anyone ever imagined. His voice is pregnant with a contagious emotion that you cannot help but absorb.
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Format: Audio CD
Beautiful Freak is a very mello album with original sounding music. Novocaine for the Soul, the first song on the CD is an amazing song, that, I have found, different people who prefer different genres of music tend to like. Susan's house, the second song on the album is another one of my favourite songs. The song changes about 4 times to a completely different sound which keeps it interesting. Within the song there are several different storys about some people who may be prejudged by some, for the negative, who may be more normal than you think.
I believe this is, although an older album, a worthwhile buy.
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Format: Audio CD
I am attracted by their lack of energy. Everything seems to be so light, especially the soft drum and the singer that never pushes his voice.
Sometimes they just become too much lullaby and it is getting so... boring like in "Beautiful freak", "Flower" and "Spunky".
On the other side, beautiful "Mental" could have gone really mental. For sure, I am attracted by the harder songs of this album like "Novacaine","Not ready yet", "Rag to rags" and "My beloved monster". But I also like song like "Guest list" and "Your lucky day in hell" mainly for the beat of the drum.
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By ncr on June 23 2003
Format: Audio CD
'Beautiful Freak' is a rarity of an album, honest and fragile that is bleak and easy listening at the same time. 'Novocaine For The Soul' entered the mainstream at a time clogged up with uninspiring and bland acts making a change as it was different. Thankfully the rest of the album follows the same path especially on tracks 'Not Ready Yet' and 'Guest List'. 'Susan's House' with its monologue on how singer E assesses life on the streets is strangely compelling as is 'Your Lucky Day In Hell' a beautiful and soothing journey to the dark side. The slow pace of the album can make difficult listening at times where the listener wishes for more up-beat and rockier songs such as 'Not Ready Yet' instead of filler material like 'My Beloved Monster' and 'Flower'. The album was critically acclaimed on release due to being different that anything else which at times, is not hard to see why.
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