Electro-Shock Blues

Electro-Shock Blues

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by Eels
     
 

The Eels' second release, Electro-Shock Blues, is a much darker album than their underrated debut, 1996's Beautiful Freak, but just as rewarding. Singer/guitarist/songwriter E experienced many upheavals in his personal life between albums (the passing of several family membersSee more details below

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The Eels' second release, Electro-Shock Blues, is a much darker album than their underrated debut, 1996's Beautiful Freak, but just as rewarding. Singer/guitarist/songwriter E experienced many upheavals in his personal life between albums (the passing of several family members and close friends), and decided to work his way through life's tribulations via his music. The result is a spectacular epic work, easily on par with such classic albums cut from the same cloth -- Neil Young's Tonight's the Night, Lou Reed's Magic and Loss. For some of the most introspective and haunting tunes of recent times, look no further than the title track, "Last Stop: This Town," and "Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor." And although the lyrics deal almost entirely with mortality, the music for "Hospital Food," "Cancer for the Cure," and "Going to Your Funeral, Pt. 1" is comparable to Beck's funky noise, while "Efils' God," "The Medication Is Wearing Off," and "My Descent Into Madness" are all ethereal, soothing compositions. One of the finest and fully realized records of 1998, a must-hear.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1998
Label:
Dreamworks
UPC:
0600445005228
catalogNumber:
50052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eels   Primary Artist
Jim Jacobsen   Bass,Clarinet,Conductor,Keyboards
E   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Parthenon Huxley   Guitar
Jon Brion   Organ,chamberlain
T Bone Burnett   Bass
Jim Lang   Conductor
John Leftwich   Bowed Bass,Upright Bass
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Grant-Lee Phillips   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Stuart Wylen   Guitar,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,fender rhodes
Cynthia Merrill   Cello
Butch ?   Drums,Vocals
Elton Jones   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jim Jacobsen   Engineer
E   Lyricist,Engineer
Jim Lang   Arranger,Engineer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Francesca Restrepo   Artwork,Art Direction
Michael Simpson   Engineer,Digital Editing
Mickey P.   Engineer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Cynthia Merrill   Backwards Recording
Elton Jones   Contributor

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