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|2. Hidden Track|
|3. Jehovah's Witness|
|4. Rotten World Blues|
If irony could be traded like currency, Eels singer-songwriter E would be a wealthy man. As it is, his remarkable ability to filter out the mundane and focus on the fringes, where the really interesting cats dwell, guarantees he'll always have a career but will never be a household name. On Souljacker, E and the gang frame a motley assortment of characters with the sonic equivalent of a doodle pad--all random squiggles, free-floating words and phrases, disembodied hearts, and unblinking eyes. As such, unlikely bedfellows--"Dog Faced Boy," "Friendly Ghost," "Bus Stop Boxer," "Woman Driving, Man Sleeping"--are bundled in a patchwork quilt of guitars, bass, drums, organ grinder-style synth, and quite possibly a toy piano and percussion. The unabashedly goo-goo-eyed ballad "Fresh Feeling" launches with a swell of strings, just to underscore how dreamy our protagonist feels, and the spastic instrumental twitches on "That's Not Really Funny" counter the song's title, while doubling as one of the few elements able to snap E's voice out of its vaguely narcoleptic drone. Ruggedly individual and wickedly catchy (not to mention more upbeat than the two death-obsessed albums preceding it), Souljacker cements E's position as patron saint to the weird-and-weary-but-still-hopeful. --Kim Hughes
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The first thing to establish is that the turn for the rockier is not a problem with me. "Dog Faced Boy", "Souljacker Part 1" and "What Is This Note", the three tracks that take this direction, are all pretty cool. Equally, the opposite side is fine too - "Fresh Feeling" and "World of S#!t" are lovely love songs. In fact, there's nothing here to take particular exception too. Its even more eclectic than previous records. But there's not quite that touch of magic to it.
Frequently they plough the same territory as previous albums. "That's Not Really Funny" is the album's "My Beloved Monster" with its deliberately strange instrumental bits, but just isn't quite as inspired. "Friendly Ghost" is the I'm gonna-smile-anyway song. "Bus Stop Boxer" is the totally downcast, self-loathing song. And they're all perfectly fine, perfectly good - but don't I get the feeling Eels have done this better before? I mean, when I first heard this record I thought, rockier, more diverse - nice. But then I happened to slip on Beautiful Freak and I thought, its just not the same league, is it?
There's not that wide-eyed, tear-inducing, painful, beautiful, dashed-but-still-there hope of that record here. Its perfectly possible to make yourself like or even love Souljacker, because, taking the ingredients of each song, and seeing what they do, its well-executed, well-written and its good stuff. But it doesn't force you to just love it like Beautiful Freak does, isn't that incredible record. For that, unfortunately, its down to a respectable, but disappointing, 3 stars.
And so goes Souljacker. It is obviously not an album created as "an album." Both Electro-Shock and Daisies are cohesive works (I would argue that they are one cohesive work in two sections). But what Souljacker lacks in unity, it certainly does not lack in creativity. It is almost White Album-ish in the barrage of different (but not lesser) songs it throws at every listener.
And with time, I began to like those heavier songs on the album despite my usual preference for E's Tin Pan Alley side (which, let's be honest, dominates his writing).
Some of the familiar concepts and sounds do make appearances: guarded optimism and cynical humour; vintage keyboards and bells combined with modern-era programming; clever hooks and fringe-of-society characters. But songs like Jungle Telegraph or That's Not Really Funny (or, to a lesser extent, Souljacker, pt. I and Dog Faced Boy) are a new development, and they leave that many more paints on E's palette.
And, apart from the music, the packaging and liner notes alone almost make this worth $[amount]. They're very funny.
Buy the CD. It isn't a classic. I don't even rank it as highly as Electro-Shock Blues or Daisies of the Galaxy, but it is certainly a worthy addition to both E's catalogue and your collection. It was one of the better discs released in the past year.
Songs like "Dog Faced Boy", "Fresh Feeling" and "I Write the B-Sides" are such a release. They are catchy and envigorating: meant to be turned up. E (lead singer) offers some strange and memorable stories through his lyrics, too. This album fulfills the promise I thought this band had on Beautiful Freak. Souljacker is a much more solid album, perhaps one of the year's best.
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Maybe a product of past critical success and some great albums, but reading reviews here, seems E is suffering from some very exacting expectations. Read morePublished on April 13 2004
I was an Eels fan until I bought this pathetic excrement. Souljacker embodies everything that is wrong with 90% of all independent music these days--all hype and no content. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Amazon Customer
Yes, I'm new to the Eels fan base and when I picked up a copy of Souljacker, I wasn't expecting a whole lot. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003 by Amazon Customer
This is a great album! I didn't know about Eels until I searched on the net for good music. I listened to some sample songs of Soul Jacker and I was so impressed, and I had to... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003
Well here it goes. No Eels album could ever top Electro-shock Blues. It's just not possible. The sincerity that E, the lead singer, shows in every song on that album is amazing... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2003 by Christopher Conley
With their 4th album those masters of noise the Eels come at the kids a little bit harder and meaner than they have with their last two albmums. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2002 by Amazon Customer
This cd certainly isn't the most cohesive cd in the world (not saying its not cohesive), or the cleverest (but its up there), but the cd as a whole is just so damn good i can't not... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by Cookkawasaki
This is what happens when a brilliant band... gets bored. Wanting a change, Eels changes their tune. And in turn, bores their audience. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2002
If you have trouble sleeping, fear no more. This is your cure.Published on July 28 2002 by Doctor Satan