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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|
|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|
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 2001s 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 Wilcos Jeff Tweedy in Es razor-burn voice. And though Shootenanny! isnt out on Yankee Hotel Foxtrots 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
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
I liked the song Saturday Morning, and I read a couple of great reviews of this CD. But I hated this CD. Read morePublished on Aug. 17 2005
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 morePublished on June 7 2004 by Daniel Martin
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 morePublished on April 30 2004 by S. Addison Wilhite
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 morePublished on Feb. 8 2004 by Chris H
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 morePublished on Aug. 29 2003 by EBHP
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 morePublished on Aug. 25 2003 by David Bradley
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
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 morePublished on Aug. 14 2003
i'm admittedly biased towards eels songs that are quirky (eg-novacaine for the soul, i like birds, etc. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by matthew hook