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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.
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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
The sloppily-played fuzz tone guitar riff that opens Dog Faced Boy (and the album) almost turned me off. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2002 by somebody
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