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Eels Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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1. All in a Day's Work
2. Saturday Morning
3. The Good Old Days
4. Love of the Loveless
5. Dirty Girl
6. Agony
7. Rock Hard Times
8. Restraining Order Blues
9. Lone Wolf
10. Wrong About Bobby
11. Numbered Days
12. Fashion Awards
13. Somebody Loves You

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Head Eel Mark "E" Everett purges his soul with a smile on Shootenanny!, as he delivers bursts of bittersweet wit and lighthearted drama. Unlike solemn 1996 epic Electro-Shock Blues and 2001’s thorny Souljacker, E's songwriting here puts the emphasis on light melodies and clean pop craft. While his limber genre-jumping often earns comparisons to Beck, there's also some of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in E’s razor-burn voice. And though Shootenanny! isn’t out on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s experimental ledge, it has a similar unruly twang that injects a dose of whimsy into soul-searching songs like "Love of the Loveless." "Wrong About Bobby," for instance, glides along on sunny, jangling guitars while E tries and fails to forgive a violent grudge. By mixing sweet with sour, E's warm and fuzzy mope rock sounds great whether it's blasting out of a convertible on a sunny day or playing in the background on a rainy night. --Matthew Cooke

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5.0 out of 5 stars yee-haw March 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't think America has ever fully understood Mark Oliver Everett (aka E or Mr. E) and the music he's made as part of the EELS. Shootenanny! is the band's 5th proper release and their most accessible to date. That being said, I don't think Shootenanny! is an attempt to get America to understand the EELS or for them to start selling millions of albums, but rather the opportunity for E to do something he doesn't normally do - write your typical pop/rock song without too much of the quirkiness that marked many of the band's previous releases, and for him to break free of the image of himself as a chronically depressed genius with a knack for turning generally positive phrases, such as "I love you," into some of the most devastating and defeating words ever. (Well, losing your father, mother, and sister - all within a year - will do that to you.)
"All In A Day's Work" begins Shootenanny! with a slow snarl of an electric guitar before the ominous bass guitar and drums take over darkly marching towards E's distorted vocals. The disc's single, "Saturday Morning," ironically enough is the most typical EELS track on Shootenanny! with E's switch to an almost taunting falsetto on the chorus over Butch's pounding drums leading to a wall of distorted guitars. "Love Of The Loveless" and "Rock Hard Times" despite their titles are two of the album's most upbeat and best tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars E's best yet Aug. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
Every review I've read of this disc has either lambasted it or lavished it with praise. Myself, I don't understand where the controversy is coming from; this is clearly the Eels' best effort to date. I've been listening to the band since 1998, and have always been disappointed with the press (or lack thereof) they have received. Before this disc, I would have named "Electro-Shock Blues" their best -- it dealt brutally honestly with extremely painful issues and managed to sound beautiful at the same time. But "ESB" had its weak spots -- and "Shootenanny!" doesn't (except, possibly, the title).
Every song has re-listening merit, from the grungy blues "All in a Day's Work" to E's traditional emotional-Pepto-Bismol closer, "Somebody Loves You". A personal favourite track of mine, and one that often receives the most vitriolic of compaints from reviewers, is "Fashion Awards". It's a wonderful satire, and, dammit, it sounds purdy too.
I love this album and you all should too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out July 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
First of all I can't believe this cd has been out for a month and I'm the first person to review it. The eels are one of my favorite bands and have been since their lead singer e had a solo career. I've stuck with them through some of their less then exciting style changes on souljacker and I feel that this has paid of with their latest installment, Shootenanny! The songs on this cd harken back to the days of electro-shock blues, their best cd in my opinion, and tone down the guitar quite a bit from Souljacker.
For those of you out there who are big into the Eels like myself, I suggest going onto the website...and picking up one of their 2 live cd's they have out, if they are still available. Oh What A Beautiful Morning is the better of the two but I believe it is sold out. I would also like to suggest any discs by Fountains of Wayne, the Smiths, the Cure, Depeche Mode, or early Weezer (Blue album or Pinkerton). I have found that fellow Eels fans agree that these groups are liked by them as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Junkmedia.org Review - A comfortable album June 26 2003
Format:Audio CD
With music today taking a nasty turn toward self-pity, an album filled with realization and repelled gloom is a welcome relief. Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, takes a deep breath on the seventh Eels album, Shootenanny!, and blows some fresh air into the soulful funk-rock that made him famous with 2001's Souljacker. While E may no longer sport the Unabomber look that raised eyebrows two years ago, he still manages to create music for warm, dark nights spent ramming along deserted highways on the hunt for something, anything and everything.
Shootenanny! starts off with "All in a Day's Work," a grating piece lifted straight from the Mississippi Delta. Here E airs out his bum attitude right off the bat, transforming it into an Earl Hooker-type blues piece. "Saturday Morning" is a soulful rock anthem that takes a light trek through childhood, as E hearkens back to those long mornings filled with cartoons leading to even longer days that seemed to never end. "The Good Old Days" slows down the pace with a cheesy remembrance about, well, "the good old days" that most would scoff at, although it's passable here.
On the whole Shootenanny! is an amazing progression from the Souljacker. This is a comfortable album that you can dig your nails into without feeling your heart is getting left behind. Each song welcomes listeners with an old-school blues outline filled in with that rock we all thought was dead. The main funk base of E's sound remains consistent but is augmented with harder rock and blues elements, showing he is able to hold onto his signature sound while simultaneously twisting a piece of rose-colored glass into it.
Emily Isovitsch
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment abounds
I liked the song Saturday Morning, and I read a couple of great reviews of this CD. But I hated this CD. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to snuff with their others.
The songs are great, the lyrics are great, the album is great... just not as great as the others. All of their albums so far have received 5 stars by me, until this one. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Daniel Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Different than other Eels but give it a chance!
With Shootenanny, E seems to have moved away from some of the tinker toy sound effects found on the first 3 albums and gone for what is essentially a bluesy rock vibe. Read more
Published on April 30 2004 by S. Addison Wilhite
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad
I actually caught these guys singing live at a small, local bar. Kind of a shame. I mean everything from this album was pretty blah imo. Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004 by Chris H
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every listen
This is a rare artist where it's best not to decide which single album is best. Doing so only helps those unfamiliar with the artist decide which ONE album to buy. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by EBHP
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's Going To Play With Me?
I hate this type of comparison, but here goes: if you took Wilco, made a young Tom Waits their singer, and forced them to stick to more traditional Blues-based forms, you'd have... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by David Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars what more do you want?
Is it the Eels' best? No.
So what? It's still great.
It's loose, it's fun, it still has plenty of moments of darkness .... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2003 by Matthew B
2.0 out of 5 stars Blah
I love the Eels and just cant get into this one. Verse-chorus-verse-chorus-chorus blah blah. I am not sure what happened here, but after the Souljacker master stroke, either the... Read more
Published on Aug. 14 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars ugh.
i'm admittedly biased towards eels songs that are quirky (eg-novacaine for the soul, i like birds, etc. Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by matthew hook
2.0 out of 5 stars A Step Backwards
Through thier first four studio releases the listener can chart musical (and perhaps emotional) growth in the Eels music. Read more
Published on July 15 2003 by Matty N
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