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Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire Enhanced


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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Behind the wolf June 3 2009
By P. Opus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
E is back, sporting a ZZ Top beard and a new wolf-man persona. It's been 5 long years since his last proper album, a somber and inward-focused double-CD set entitled "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations." As is typical for Mr. E, quieter albums tend to be followed by noisier ones. However, no matter what ideas E is trying on for size, everything he records is stamped with his unique and compelling persona. This one is no exception.

Sometimes wearing a mask allows us the freedom to show a side of ourselves that we might otherwise be afraid to reveal. Here, E has assumed a persona of sorts, which differs from anything his audience has seen to date. He's a lusty, swaggering wolfman, carrying a cane and prowling the night. This assumed role seems to allow him to project a confidence unheard in much of his material, displayed most clearly on the opening track "Prizefighter" and the single "Fresh Blood." But what makes this album most compelling is when E drops the guise and reveals his true insecurities, as on "The Look You Give That Guy." That dichotomy makes this wolfman seem all the more human, for beneath the fuzz and fangs still lies a fundamentally reflective and at times insecure person.

The conceptual aspect of this disc is fun and meaningful, but never threatens to overwhelm the content. Song-for-song, this is one of E's best collections. Almost every one of these tracks could stand on its own as a single. The stripped-down sound that E has featured on some of his rawer albums (Souljacker, for example) is in full effect and really works in E's favor. Overall the man sounds energized, mature and confident, always with something interesting and often poignant to say.

E remains the consummate cult artist, and in many ways it's not surprising. His unflinching portraits of insecurity and emotion take some getting used to, especially in the current musical climate. Each project he records is something unique and interesting. This is one of his best to date.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Eels in Peak Form June 3 2009
By Brandon J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Eels is a great band, and it has been since before it even WAS a band (I'm referring, of course, to E's two solo albums before forming the group). E has always balanced his edgy side with a gentler, softer aspect, composing songs like small trinkets or snapshots. My favorites are "Electro-Shock Blues," a masterpiece of mourning, and "Souljacker," in which E indulged his more grotesque inclinations. Hombre Lobo merges the best of both worlds.

One of the great things about Eels is that even when rocking out with heavily distorted guitars, as in "Lilac Breeze," they never lose their sense of melody. There's a real love of songcraft here, not to mention a mastery of the recording studio. Studio trickery never overwhelms the songs - and the songs are never lacking for the right accompaniment (notice the explosive chorus of "Tremendous Dynamite.")

It's too soon to tell (and doesn't really matter) how this will rank amongst Eels's other cds, but one thing's for sure: this is the perfect Eels album for 2009, and a great addition to an already stunning catalog.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
not great, but better than good June 5 2009
By Chent Alay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just wanna start by saying I love Eels. They were one of the first bands I fell in love with once I really started getting into music and since then have salivated at every new album. Every CD they've put out has been either a masterpiece or a near-masterpiece so the bar for "Hombre Lobo" has been set pretty high, but unfortunately I just don't feel they hit it this time.

The 12 songs are a mix of upbeat and mellow, more upbeat than previous albums which is where I think things go wrong. E lately hasn't been that great at rocking out (early Eels albums have awesome go-crazy songs but recent attempts IMHO have felt sort of strained and contrived) I dig his voice but the gruff hoarseness just doesn't make for loud singing or screaming. It's much better on the tender, quieter stuff. All the fast songs also sound pretty much identical which is never good. "Lilac Breeze" "Tremendous Dynamite" and "What's A Fella Gotta Do" honestly just made me wince.

"Hombre Lobo" is saved by the slower, what I feel are the more archetype Eels-songs. "That Look You Give That Guy" and "In My Dreams" are nice breezy numbers that are perfect for bummin around on a lazy afternoon. However everything is overshadowed by the tragic "My Timing Is Off" which I think is the best track on here and can be likened to last album's "Railroad Man". (which not surprisingly is my fav song on "Blinking Lights")

Overall it's a good album, it's just more of the same. E is a great lyricist but how many songs can he possibly write about being an outsider looking for love? Musically it's good, but isn't very creative and creativity is what we expect from Eels given how original they've proven themselves to be. I feel like I could've come up with most of these songs myself. It's a cliched thing to say, but this is a perfect example of a CD that's better than most of what's out there but for what the artist is capable of...it's sort of a miss. "Hombre Lobo" will be in my CD player for awhile, but I'm sticking with "Daisies of the Galaxy" when someone asks what album is the best to get into Eels with.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Give This Great Album A Listen Nov. 4 2009
By Meecrofilm - Published on Amazon.com
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E, or Mark Oliver Everett for those unfamiliar with the band, has delivered yet another fine album that manages to set itself apart from his already vast body of work. I'd go as far to say that, if you've never heard the EELS before, you should start with Hombre Lobo, as it is definitely the most accessible of E's work (Shootenanny gets a nod here in this regard as well). This is more or less E's first 'concept album' (although Electro-Shock blues comes close), which definitely contributes to the accessibility of it, as thoe familiar with E know that he can churn out some pretty weird stuff. Plus, after the release of 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations,' an epic 2-disc set representing the culmination of almost 7 years work, I'd say a shorter, more focused album was the right call to make, wouldn't you?

Hombre Lobo is everything you'd want from an EELS album. That Look You Give That Guy, carried by E's impeccable delivery, has instantly become one of E's most memorable tunes (a true feat). Beginner's Luck is a great, catchy rocker. My Timing Is Off is a classic EELS groove, and Fresh Blood, with its menacing groove and lyrics accurately capturing the mood of a despeate man on the prowl, will immediately grab your attention and stay in your head for a long time. You will not be disappointed by Hombre Lobo. Any EELS fan will love it, and it's also a great starting point for beginners.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Delivered with doses of gruff and grace Jan. 6 2010
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mark Oliver Everett, or just "E," either suffers from a maddening case of unrequited love or morphs into that person with naturally. Either way, he is not keeping quiet about the myriad frustrations that accompany love on the Eels' short (around 42 minutes) but focused release "Hombre Lobo." He and his fellow conspirators Koool G Murder on bass and Knuckles on drums offer a collection of songs linked by theme and balanced by tone and energy. It seems almost that there is a yin-yang approach, a gruff, kick-ass tune counterbalanced with a heartsick ballad, all drenched in the madness of someone on a lonely quest seeking solace while howling under a full moon.

In other words, this is good stuff, delivered with doses of gruff and grace (that fall between Tom Waits' orneriness and Joe Henry's textures.) The outstanding rhythm section keeps matters lively, allowing E plenty of room to unleash his deprived lone wolf persona however he sees fit. For the record, this is my first Eels' CD, and I look forward to exploring the earlier recordings in their discography.

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