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Daisies of the Galaxy Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (March 14 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004NJL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Grace Kelly Blues
2. Packing Blankets
3. The Sound Of Fear
4. I Like Birds
5. Daisies Of The Galaxy
6. Flyswatter
7. It's A Motherf#&!@r
8. Estate Sale
9. Tiger In My Tank
10. A Daisy Through Concrete
11. Jeannie's Diary
12. Wooden Nickels
13. Something Is Sacred
14. Selective Memory
15. Mr. E's Beautiful Blues

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Japanese Version Featuring A Bonus Track: Birdgirl On A Cellphone.


Eels burst out to prominence with 1996's witty, bold paean to geekdom Beautiful Freak, which matched black humour with bold arrangements and catchy melodies. Its follow-up, Electro Shock Blues--written against the backdrop of the suicide of frontman E's sister and the terminal disease afflicting his mother--was beautiful, but its bleak content proved too naked for fans of hits like "Novocaine For The Soul" and "Susan's House". Daisies Of The Galaxy pulls back from the abyss to which E took his music having lighter arrangements and more of his quirky lyricism. The themes are largely unchanged--his mother died during the making of the album and it opens with a track, "Grace Kelly's Blues", which recalls a New Orleans funeral--but Daisies also meditates on escape ("Packing Blankets") and desire ("Jeannie's Diary"). The pervading sense of loneliness and loss clings nevertheless, notably on the deeply moving ballad "It's A Motherfucker" ("being here without you"). It can't all be sweetness and light. --Mike Pattenden

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Format: Audio CD
I've liked Eels since the 'Beautiful Freak' days when they were in their more commercial era. I thought the follow up 'Electro-shock Blues' was equally impressive if not as radio friendly. 'Daisies of the Galaxy' falls somewhere between the two albums. The songs on DOTG are consistant in their lyrical brilliance and it is clear from the opening song that this album is more subtle in its greatness. It does take a few listens to get used to but that is not a bad thing as it makes you appreciate the album more. There are some of the Eels greatest ever tunes on this album and personally, I feel "Grace Kelly Blues", "I Like Birds", "Jeannie's Diary", "Selective Memory" and the bonus track "Mr E's Beautiful Blues" are all standouts. The very fact that "Mr E's Beautiful Blues" is only a bonus track should go to show how good the album is. Underneath the chirpy cover of an upbeat tune lies a darker song which really sums up the whole album. The only criticism of the album really is that sometimes the music doesn't quite live up to E's vocals and the wittiness of the lyrics. However, the album is still a must for any serious music fan's collection.
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The album begins with a New Orleans funeral march, a stroke of genuis that sums up the album perfectly. This album is the light at the end of "electro-shock blues" tunnel.
The song "Grace Kelly Blues" itself is unbelievably chipper, unlike anything on electro-shock. Conceptually, the song is kind of like "Susan's House" in that it describes a series of vignettes, only this time, E doesn't have some stupid post-modern point to make. People are down on their luck, but he makes it seem okay. Things just work out this way.
E follows this up with a song about going on a picnic. Who could've imagined it? You can hear him leaving behind all his sadness, making a new life for himself. It's absolutely the perfect song to listen to if you're experiencing a big change in life. E's talking just to you. He reminds me a little of Stephin Merritt in songwriting style, always approaching cliched sentiments, but always able to pull it off successfully. Well, maybe not always. A song called "I Like Birds" does sound a little forced. But I guess it's okay. Who doesn't like birds. But what's this? E whistling a bird song? Cute... I guess. We see another example of E's sentimentality in songwriting with "Daisies of the Galaxy." It's a heart-breakingly sweet song about going to the Galaxy movie theater and picking some daisies for someone. Not enough saccharine for you? The daisy makes another appearance in "A Daisy Through Concrete," something I guess E wants to make the symbol of the album. The final song, a hidden track was actually the single for the album, sounds just like an attempt to create another "Last Stop: This Town," which, by the way, may be one of the most perfect songs I've ever heard. Who can blame him? "Mr.
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I didn't start listening to the Eels until the album Beautiful Freak was released, but since then, I have bought every one of their CDs. I bought Beautiful Freak mostly just because I wanted the song Novacaine for the Soul. But after listening to all the tracks, I was completely impressed with the rest of the tracks. The Eels have a sound and a style that is completely their own. It's almost distinguishable by their somewhat "cheery dark" sound where the music can be both dark and downtrodden, but also cheery at the same time. Add E's distinct voice to the mix and you've got a great song. The songs Flyswatter and the "hidden track" Mr. E's Beautiful Blues are, for lack of a better word, incredible. You have to listen to them really, really loud to hear them at their best, though. Also, I Like Birds, the Sound of Fear, and Tiger in my Tank are excellent works. I really recommend this album. It's one CD that I will take with me wherever I go. The Eels are great at mixing a blend of electronic music with great accoustic backing. It's hard to find a group that actually has the talent to do that these days.
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Don't let the whimsical album cover fool you: after their disturbingly somber (but pleasantly tuneful) sophomore release, the Eels promised a more "upbeat" pop record. "Daisies of the Galaxy," while not the moribund mantra of its predecessor, isn't exactly chipper. Igniting with the funeral march horns of "Grace Kelly Blues," the Eels parade through 16 tunes that have more episodes than a manic depressive. One can credit this to the rough years piling up on head Eel, E. His life riddled with family suicides and personal nadirs, E has seen more than most of us would ever wish to in our lives. It reflects in his music incredibly - and often, quite effectively. The quiet acoustic build-up of "Packing Blankets" mixes well with the campfire sing along "I Like Birds" and the gleefully cheeky "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues." It's the lyrics that often bog the disc down. "Some people like to call me Chuck/It's Charles to you/and you're * outta luck," E croons in the otherwise snappy "The Sound of Fear." "Little field mice living under the house/never eating much, tough life for a mouse," he preens in "Flyswatter." It's almost as if he has so much to say and so little words with which to say it. If anything, "Daisies of the Galaxy" is saved by the musical arrangements. A calliope of pump organs polishes "Tiger in My Tank." The soft combination of horns and mellotrons magnifies the solemnity of the title track. While there are slivers of hope that do peek through the gloom, "Daisies" isn't quite an accurate portrait of such an accomplished band. The doom and gloom is definitely more accessible and (oddly enough) more pleasing than the peppy tracks.
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