Mark Oliver Everett lives in a twisted, tortured world, one that's constantly making things explode in his face. But, like Matt Groening with "Life in Hell," the Eels frontman manages to coax more than a few laughs out of even the bleakest situations, something he ably displays on Shootenany!, the fourth Eels album. On the bleary "Numbered Days," the artist better known as E confronts his own mortality -- a common theme on Eels discs -- with a stance that falls somewhere between a shrug and a knowing grin. Similarly, "The Good Old Days," which is spiked with sharp, memorable guitar hooks, sees him finding a silver lining in the dark cloud of nightmare-plagued sleep (namely, that finally waking up makes life seem a little better). Shootenany! is a little brighter in tone than most of Eels' past work; keyboards that once fretted hauntingly now float in something of a pleasant fugue state, particularly on "Lone Wolf," and guitars are even occasionally set to boogie, as on the practically giddy "Saturday Morning." Never fear: E isn't about to turn around and write an update of "Don't Worry, Be Happy," but it is sort of nice to hear him kicking back in a psychic space that's not so dimly lit.
Performance CreditsEels Primary Artist
Technical CreditsLisa Germano Contributor
Scott Gordon Contributor
Joe Gore Composer,Programming
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Ryan Boesch Programming,Engineer
Greg Burns Engineer
Greg Collins Programming,Engineer
Todd M. Simon Contributor
James King Contributor
Mark Oliver Everett Producer
Koool G Murder Composer
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This was the first Eels CD I checked out, and it contained enough amazing songs to keep me hooked to this day. Every song is catchy, and musically brilliant. I would recommend this album to anyone and everyone.