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Soul Jacker

4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005NV6A
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Dog Faced Boy
2. That's Not Really Funny
3. Fresh Feeling
4. Woman Driving, Man Sleeping
5. Souljacker Part I
6. Friendly Ghost
7. Teenage Witch
8. Buss Stop Boxer
9. Jungle Telegraph
10. World of Shit
11. Souljacker Part II
12. What Is This Note?

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Fourth Album for the Eels who Put a Novel Twist on the Post-grunge Low-fi Norms of American Indie Bands. Will Not Be Released in the Us Until January 2002.

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Si l'on doit l'excellent et précédent Daisies Of the Galaxy au seul Mark Everett alias E, les premiers Beautiful Freaks et Electro-Shock Blues étaient le fruit de collaborations avec les Dust Brothers. Sur Souljacker, c'est aidé par le camarade de cordée de PJ Harvey, John Parish, que E taille dans la masse de guitares noisy des pop songs qui n'en oublient pas moins les délicatesses du folk. À ce jeu, qu'il s'agisse de "Dog Faced Boy" ou "Friendly Ghost", on finit par croire que Eels fait son Beck. Tout aussi foutraque, cette musique, hantée par le sens de l'expérimentation sonore, mélangeant influences noisy, blues et même bossa nova déglinguée, se révèle définitivement inclassable. Ceux qui ont usé jusqu'à la corde les précédents opus du Californien se jetteront sur celui-ci afin de lui réserver le même sort ! --Hervé Comte

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Format: Audio CD
This the latest album from Eels sees a major departure in sound from their last glorious album proper 'Daisies Of The Galaxy'.This album is far louder,rockier and far less melodic.The wonderfully strange lyrics still exist and each song tells great stories and is packed with interesting characters.One of the excellent parts to this album is the critique written on the inside by a close confidante of the group.It explains much of how the new sound of this album has evolved and it's an excellent touch.
The last album was quite a melancholic affair-many of the songs had a ballady feel to them and they were augmented by glorious string arrangements.This really doesn't happen much on this album except for the best song on the album "Fresh Feeling" and even then the string arrangement on this song is a sample taken from 'Selective Memory'-which of course features on Daisies...The song is quite incredible though and despite having hints of Beck,the rumbling drum machine,strong bass line and E's best vocals make this song one of the best Eel's songs I've heard.This one song though is not enough for me to cover up for this albums lack of melody.Maybe I'm being unfair as it's very difficult for them to match their last point of reference which was that magnificent last album.But as soon as you hear the first chords on this album you'll know what I mean.It's a very heavy rock sound-the shock is almost like listening to the R.E.M. sound when they came out with Monster.It's an agressive almost ugly sound,which maybe is in keeping with the songs lyrical content.This album though is the loudest yet from Eels.The second song has hints of that fuzzyguitar joining a very strong bassline an almost Latino brass section and a rhythm section of marvellous variety.
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Format: Audio CD
Yes, indeed, this is a massive departure from eels' brilliant "Daisies of the Galaxy," yet "Souljacker" is every bit the equal of that masterpiece, only harder and faster in feel.
But no matter how rockin' their music becomes, those amazing lyrics continue to shine through. Take "Fresh Feeling," for example, with the opening line, "You don't have a clue/What it is like/To be next to you." Or the brilliant couplet in the disc's opener, "Dog Faced Boy," where frontman E chants, "Ma won't shave me/Jesus can't save me."
"Souljacker" is exactly where rock music should be headed today. Raw, heartfelt, and powerful as hell.
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Beautiful Freak is one of my favourite records of all time - its an album that swims in sadness and is simultaneously life-affirming. High hopes, then, for Souljacker. The good news is, er...its good. The bad news is, quite simply, its not as good.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
The Eels' Souljacker wrestles with a tonal middle ground somewhere between To Bring You My Love-era PJ Harvey and the latest Sparklehorse release. That John Parish produced or co-produced both of those works, and manned the boards on Souljacker as well, sheds some light on its familiar yet still unique sound, as if he took what he'd learned from both sessions and applied them to this latest excursion from head Eel E. The opening track, "Dog Faced Boy," uses crunchy guitars and thick basslines that establish a menacing mood not dissimilar from Harvey's Love, while "That's Not Really Funny" has a processed-yet-folksy vibe akin to "Comfort Me" or "Apple Bed" from Sparklehorse's It's a Wonderful Life. Despite Parish's usage of familiar studio tricks, E manages to push his personality through on several cuts, most notably the acoustic, reflective "Woman Driving, Man Sleeping" and "Jungle Telegraph," which successfully marries Parish's beat-heavy manipulations with E's pointedly absurdist lyrical imagery. While it doesn't measure up to the Eels' 1998 masterpiece Electro-Shock Blues, or possess the uniformly solid pop craftsmanship of 2000's Daisies of the Galaxy, Souljacker is an interesting detour, expanding the Eels' musical palette while remaining true to E's wonderfully idiosyncratic pop vision.
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