- Audio Cassette (Aug. 13 1996)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Dreamworks
- ASIN: B000005ALQ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I believe this is, although an older album, a worthwhile buy.
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.