Daisies of the Galaxyby Eels
It's not easy being E. On the Eels' latest, the multifaceted songwriter/producer with a one-letter name ticks through a laundry list of sorrows, from heartache to a plague of bugs and vermin ("Flyswatter"). Yet our hero infuses his succinct songs with memorable melodies and observant lyrics, stitching silver linings into each miniature storm cloud. The funereal brass of "Grace Kelly Blues" quickly parts to let in sunnier sounds, while the drum loops and cartoon cadences of "The Sound of Fear" recall Soul Coughing or Beck, albeit minus distracting self-consciousness. Studio trickery is omnipresent but discrete; all 14 tracks could move listeners just as well without the evocative arrangements. For proof, sample "It's a Motherfucker," a piano ballad so simple and disconsolate it, belongs behind safety glass, like Randy Newman used to write before he grew too smug. Despite dour sentiments, DAISIES OF THE GALAXY slyly manages to accentuate the positive.
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Performance CreditsEels Primary Artist
Technical CreditsJim Lang Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jeffrey Shannon Engineer
Wally Gagel Engineer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Michael Simpson Producer,Engineer
Mark Oliver Everett Producer,Art Direction
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I think that this CD has amazing ups and downs, so real it feels like E is talking about my own life!
This is one of those rare albums that can be listened to in its entirety. The songs have kind of a happy/beautiful sound to them with lyrics that are unique and storylike. I listen to all kinds of music from clasical to 70's to hard rock, and would recomend this album to all music lovers. My only complaint is that it is too short.