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Electro-Shock Blues

Eels Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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4. My Descent Into Madness
5. 3 Speed
6. Hospital Food
7. Electro-Shock Blues
8. Efil's God
9. Going To Your Funeral Part II
10. Last Stop: This Town
11. Baby Genius
12. Climbing To The Moon
13. Ant Farm
14. Dead Of Winter
15. The Medication Is Wearing Off
16. P.S. You Rock My World

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The sound of Eels' Electro-Shock Blues, the follow-up to the band's intriguing Beautiful Freak, reflects a year in which leader Mark "E" Everett suffered the loss of his sister to suicide as well as the illness of his mother and other tragedies. The music's hushed, sometimes dark sound and Everett's earnest vocals are often more convincing than his diary-entry lyrics, despite the power and daring inherent in describing illness in alt-pop settings that recall everything from hip-hop to Tom Waits. --Rickey Wright

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Blues is oddly moving and surprisingly accessible. -- Entertainment Weekly

Electro-Shock Blues may be as close to a walk through the valley of the shadow of death as you'll find in pop music. It's a brilliant work that combines often conflicting emotions so skillfully that you are reminded at times of the childhood innocence of Brian Wilson, the wicked satire of Randy Newman and the soul-baring intensity of John Lennon. -- The Los Angeles Times

Grief shares center stage with black humor, parody and [lead singer/songwriter] E's surprisingly resilient spirit. -- USA Today

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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing journey... Dec 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
Wow...what can be said about "Electro-Shock Blues" that other people on here haven't said about it yet? Well, I'll start by saying it's truly one of the greatest and most beautiful albums I've ever heard and for that, it's in my Top 5 list for sure.
Unlike alot of other people, this record took no time to grow on me at all. I immediately fell in love with it. Everything about it. I loved the idea's and feelings that ran throughout the entire album, the way the songs flowed together, how the tracks were listed as a "side A" and a "side B", even the way it was packaged - and it hit me at just the right time in my life. And I know it sounds kind of dumb, but during some troubled times when things weren't going that great, it really felt like this album was there.
I'll never forget the first time I layed down on my bed and listened to this album all the way through. That's when I noticed the most beautiful thing about it - All the sad feelings and thoughts of death expressed early on in the album gradually change into feelings of hope, happiness, and life towards the end. It takes you on an incredible journey. Please do yourself a big favor and pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album Ever? Aug. 19 2003
By Chris C
Format:Audio CD
I gotta start off by saying that I'm no music critic. In fact, most of the reviews that I've posted have gotten an overwhelming amount of "no, this review was NOT helpful"'s. But this is something I have to do. I HAVE to keep on getting people to buy this gorgeous album and rate it so that the average user rating is 5 stars. Get it? Buy this album, and rate it 5 stars because this is perhaps my favorite cd of all time.
It wasnt until last summer that I started to listen to the eels religiously, and this is the album that started my rampage. It's gorgeous from beginning to end (even baby genius, probably the most hated track on the cd). Mark Oliver Everett (or E), vocals for Eels, wrote this album about death, or death around him, and how he dealt with it. When he was 18 (or 19) he saw his father have a heart attack and die. I believe that year his sister also tried to kill herself. She succeeded years later during the Eels tour in europe. E's mother was also diagnosed with cancer and he was soon to become the last remaining member of his family. I love this cd, not only because of the beautiful lyrics, but because if flows so perfectly together, from the haunting first tracks to the powerful accoustic numbers near the end. And its also really cool to see the change, musically, that the eels went through with each of their albums. Truly Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Album By An Incredible Band Jan. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who don't know who the Eels are or are not sure if you have heard them before than let me help you out. You may have heard their first single from the mid-nineties entitled "Novocaine for the Soul". It received some MTV spin but mostly late at night when the good videos are shown. The Eels than dropped off the pop music radar until the movie "Road Trip" came out. If you are between the ages of 17 and 30 I'm sure you've seen it and heard the Eels song "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" with the chorus of "--- Damn right it's a beautiful day, uh-huh". The surprising thing is that neither of these songs are representative of the Eels sound. The lead singer E knows that too which is why he wouldn't even list this song on Daises of the Galaxy, the cd it's on. It's a hidden track.
With this said I have to state that the music you haven't heard is the best. The span of years during which the Eels "fell off the radar" are highlighted by this excellent cd I am reviewing here. As stated in the other reviews, E wrote these songs following the death of his mother from cancer and his sister from suicide, and you can tell. The words are extremely depressing but sincere. You almost have to know the background in order to truly enjoy the songs. The eels also employ an orchestra which create beautiful music.
I feel as if this cd could be the Hope diamond in the rough. It truly embodies the way songwriting should be, heartfelt and sincere. I would not start here if you are a fan of the two popular songs I discussed earlier, in fact, I would look elsewhere. None of the Eels cds truly appeal to the majority and take quite a few dedicated listens to truly appreciate. If you do feel like taking the time to listen repetitively to the true storytelling of the Eels, however, than most definitely this is the album to buy.
My favorite cd I own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but may depress the hell out of you Aug. 8 2002
Format:Audio CD
Usually the best concept albums are once drawn from pure emotion. Using music as his venting post, E recorded to recover from the deaths of his mother and sister. The result is simply brilliant.
The opening track is quite possibly the most saddening, sporting the most haunting imagery in a song title that I can remember. The subsequent tracks, all through the end of PS You Rock My World (with exception to Baby Genuis- I'm just not all that crazy about it), are all winners, with the major highlight going to "My Descent Into Madness" with its understated "La-la-la"s and repeating violins.
If you aren't familiar with the Eels, than this is the album to start with; and if you have Beautiful Freak, Daisies, and/or Souljacker, but not this, than you are missing E at his peak performance.
(Also a side note- E is consistently compared to Beck and I'd like to take this time to explain why. First off, E and Beck both have almost identical voices. They also are experimental in their sounds and layers- though Beck is the much more experimental of the two. What seperates them is the Eels are more subtle with their style, while Beck tends to be outragous and more and more hip-hop driven.)
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Most recent customer reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and some beautiful songs.
The sound-songs with many samples and grooves have never compelled me in the eels. It is sometimes a little too much. Unfortunately half of this album are songs like this. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by M. Buisman
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away
I was randomly searching through some different bands here on Amazon the other day and I was bored as hell. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Dwayne
5.0 out of 5 stars An Underground Classic
If you listen to music other than what is on the radio, you HAVE to try this CD. It is all at once, beautiful, troubling, funny, intense, accessable, and scary.
Published on March 11 2004 by T Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful depressant
Scarred by the death of his mother and sister, this masterpiece was always going to be subdued. Yet its beauty thrives off E's vocal simplicity and his ability to implicity evoke... Read more
Published on Oct. 2 2002 by Ernest
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eels Rock My World
I got this CD three-and-a-half years ago after hearing "Last Stop: This Town" on a compilation CD that was being handed out at a ski resort. Read more
Published on Aug. 18 2002 by Shadowgraphs
5.0 out of 5 stars A-mazing
Some records you like--some records you love--and some records change your life. This record changed my life. Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2002 by Tom Schouweiler
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest musicianship
love this album. love the lyrics, love the honesty, love the tone of the music that supports these poems. This is what music is all about. Genius. Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Quentin Xavier
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressing but classic
Not for the faint of heart, only for true alternative/independent fans, but if you take the time with Electro-Shock Blues, the melodies, as distorted as they are, will sneak up on... Read more
Published on May 20 2002 by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget religion, alcohol, junk food, Eels'll get you through
"Waking up is harder when you wanna die" notes Mark 'E' Everitt on Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor, one of many tracks on the second Eels album to deal with the suicide of his... Read more
Published on April 7 2002 by "sixtymilesmile"
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