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Blues is oddly moving and surprisingly accessible. -- Entertainment Weekly
Electro-Shock Blues may be as close to a walk through the valley of the shadow of death as you'll find in pop music. It's a brilliant work that combines often conflicting emotions so skillfully that you are reminded at times of the childhood innocence of Brian Wilson, the wicked satire of Randy Newman and the soul-baring intensity of John Lennon. -- The Los Angeles Times
Grief shares center stage with black humor, parody and [lead singer/songwriter] E's surprisingly resilient spirit. -- USA Today
The sound of Eels' Electro-Shock Blues, the follow-up to the band's intriguing Beautiful Freak, reflects a year in which leader Mark "E" Everett suffered the loss of his sister to suicide as well as the illness of his mother and other tragedies. The music's hushed, sometimes dark sound and Everett's earnest vocals are often more convincing than his diary-entry lyrics, despite the power and daring inherent in describing illness in alt-pop settings that recall everything from hip-hop to Tom Waits. --Rickey Wright
Top Customer Reviews
Unlike alot of other people, this record took no time to grow on me at all. I immediately fell in love with it. Everything about it. I loved the idea's and feelings that ran throughout the entire album, the way the songs flowed together, how the tracks were listed as a "side A" and a "side B", even the way it was packaged - and it hit me at just the right time in my life. And I know it sounds kind of dumb, but during some troubled times when things weren't going that great, it really felt like this album was there.
I'll never forget the first time I layed down on my bed and listened to this album all the way through. That's when I noticed the most beautiful thing about it - All the sad feelings and thoughts of death expressed early on in the album gradually change into feelings of hope, happiness, and life towards the end. It takes you on an incredible journey. Please do yourself a big favor and pick it up.
It wasnt until last summer that I started to listen to the eels religiously, and this is the album that started my rampage. It's gorgeous from beginning to end (even baby genius, probably the most hated track on the cd). Mark Oliver Everett (or E), vocals for Eels, wrote this album about death, or death around him, and how he dealt with it. When he was 18 (or 19) he saw his father have a heart attack and die. I believe that year his sister also tried to kill herself. She succeeded years later during the Eels tour in europe. E's mother was also diagnosed with cancer and he was soon to become the last remaining member of his family. I love this cd, not only because of the beautiful lyrics, but because if flows so perfectly together, from the haunting first tracks to the powerful accoustic numbers near the end. And its also really cool to see the change, musically, that the eels went through with each of their albums. Truly Beautiful.
With this said I have to state that the music you haven't heard is the best. The span of years during which the Eels "fell off the radar" are highlighted by this excellent cd I am reviewing here. As stated in the other reviews, E wrote these songs following the death of his mother from cancer and his sister from suicide, and you can tell. The words are extremely depressing but sincere. You almost have to know the background in order to truly enjoy the songs. The eels also employ an orchestra which create beautiful music.
I feel as if this cd could be the Hope diamond in the rough. It truly embodies the way songwriting should be, heartfelt and sincere. I would not start here if you are a fan of the two popular songs I discussed earlier, in fact, I would look elsewhere. None of the Eels cds truly appeal to the majority and take quite a few dedicated listens to truly appreciate. If you do feel like taking the time to listen repetitively to the true storytelling of the Eels, however, than most definitely this is the album to buy.
My favorite cd I own.
The opening track is quite possibly the most saddening, sporting the most haunting imagery in a song title that I can remember. The subsequent tracks, all through the end of PS You Rock My World (with exception to Baby Genuis- I'm just not all that crazy about it), are all winners, with the major highlight going to "My Descent Into Madness" with its understated "La-la-la"s and repeating violins.
If you aren't familiar with the Eels, than this is the album to start with; and if you have Beautiful Freak, Daisies, and/or Souljacker, but not this, than you are missing E at his peak performance.
(Also a side note- E is consistently compared to Beck and I'd like to take this time to explain why. First off, E and Beck both have almost identical voices. They also are experimental in their sounds and layers- though Beck is the much more experimental of the two. What seperates them is the Eels are more subtle with their style, while Beck tends to be outragous and more and more hip-hop driven.)
Most recent customer reviews
The sound-songs with many samples and grooves have never compelled me in the eels. It is sometimes a little too much. Unfortunately half of this album are songs like this. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by M. Buisman
I was randomly searching through some different bands here on Amazon the other day and I was bored as hell. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Dwayne
If you listen to music other than what is on the radio, you HAVE to try this CD. It is all at once, beautiful, troubling, funny, intense, accessable, and scary.Published on March 11 2004 by T Lewis
Scarred by the death of his mother and sister, this masterpiece was always going to be subdued. Yet its beauty thrives off E's vocal simplicity and his ability to implicity evoke... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002 by Ernest
I got this CD three-and-a-half years ago after hearing "Last Stop: This Town" on a compilation CD that was being handed out at a ski resort. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2002 by Shadowgraphs
Some records you like--some records you love--and some records change your life. This record changed my life. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2002 by Tom Schouweiler
love this album. love the lyrics, love the honesty, love the tone of the music that supports these poems. This is what music is all about. Genius. Read morePublished on July 2 2002 by Quentin Xavier
Not for the faint of heart, only for true alternative/independent fans, but if you take the time with Electro-Shock Blues, the melodies, as distorted as they are, will sneak up on... Read morePublished on May 20 2002 by Jack