Daisies of the Galaxy [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - Kurt B. Reighley
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kurt B. Reighley
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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Eels were always a vehicle for a songwriter called E, but by the point of their third album, 2000's Daisies of the Galaxy, they were his and his alone. The transition occurred on the previous album, 1998's Electro-Shock Blues, where E exorcised the demons that had haunted him since the death of his family (his parents from cancer, his sister from suicide). Such an intimate, tortured record is hardly the province of a band, and when the Eels came out of it, they were just -- E. When it came time to deliver a follow-up, E couldn't help but deliver a lighter album. Unlike its predecessor, Daisies of the Galaxy doesn't play as if the listener was invading E's private diary; instead, it feels as if one is rummaging through his sketchbook. And, like many sketchbooks, there are some moments that have blossomed and others that remain just an intriguing, unformed idea.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2000
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445021822
  • Catalog Number: 450218
  • Sales rank: 33,298

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eels Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Jim Lang Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jeffrey Shannon Engineer
Wally Gagel Engineer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Michael Simpson Producer, Engineer
Mark Oliver Everett Producer, Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beautiful Album

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    I think that this CD has amazing ups and downs, so real it feels like E is talking about my own life!

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    Posted January 22, 2010

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