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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment abounds Aug. 17 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I liked the song Saturday Morning, and I read a couple of great reviews of this CD. But I hated this CD. The lyrics are bland and uninpiring, the music is equally boring, and the vocals are sub-par.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to snuff with their others. June 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Some of the songs seem out of place. It was refreshing to see some of the songs recapture the sound that was discovered on E's solo albums, but even this can't bump it up to a five.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different than other Eels but give it a chance! April 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. I love the earlier albums, but the more you listen to Shootenanny the more you appreciate it. The catchy melodies are there with a darker edge. And some of the usual lyrical humor as well. This album needs to be listened to 20 times before the true beauty shines through. Unfortunately in this day 'n' age few people (or critics?) are willing to give an album time to work its magic. Shootenanny may not be immediately catchy. But it ranks as one of their best albums if not THE best. Cheers...
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad Feb. 8 2004
By Chris H
Format:Audio CD
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. I like Daisies of the Galaxy and Electroshock Blues an awful lot. They played songs from both of these too... and "improved" them as well. The pace was sped up, the bass was cranked up, and all the interesting quirks on the CD's were replaced simply by bland, loud guitar work. Awe well, I'll just stick with what i know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every listen Aug. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
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. Spend the money and buy ALL of the Eeels albums out there - you won't be disappointed. Unless of course you don't enjoy strikingly insightful lyrics wrapped in musical arrangements that defy nearly every other artist working today. Need proof of his lyrical talent? From "Somebody Loves You":
This nagging malaise
Is more than a phase
It feels like a job
But no boss ever pays you to lay there
And think how you'll die
While the tears start to well in your eyes
Depressing? Yeah, when read like the poetry that it is, but coupled with the sweeping orchestral chorus that reinforces the message that "somebody loves you, you're going to make it through" - it's hard to not to feel invigorated by the talent of this artist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who's Going To Play With Me? Aug. 25 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 something akin to Eels.
The subtitle of SHOOTENANNY!--"Everybody Knows These Are Rock Hard Times"--says it all. The album plays like a deep blue depression on a sunny day, pounding along across it's own unique aural landscape. Some of the more fatalistic stuff is hard to take repeatedly, but "Saturday Morning" is stunning and, while most of the rest of the album is sure-fire Alt Rock, there are moments towards the end, like "Numbered Days," which have some kind of late 60s/early 70s atmosphere to them.
SHOOTENANNY! has been in my short stack of CDs for a month now; it's inspiration may not be unique but the effect the Eels create is.
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