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The Eels

  • Beautiful Freak [DreamWorks, 1996] Dud
  • Electro-Shock Blues [DreamWorks, 1998] B
  • Daisies of the Galaxy [DreamWorks, 2000] Dud
  • Shootenanny! [DreamWorks, 2003] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Beautiful Freak [DreamWorks, 1996] Dud

Electro-Shock Blues [DreamWorks, 1998]
Mark Everett is a talented 31-year-old who bravely determined to deal with the dying he's seen in song. But that didn't mean he had to make a concept album. Beyond art-rock fashion, which has rendered the static song cycle stupid fresh again, the strategy suits a detachment he'd be drawn to in any era, a detachment that's devoid of charm--which also goes for the concept it hides behind, baggage doubly distracting for consumers without a press kit. I count three excellent songs--a plighted troth, a teen memory, and an unexpected flight in which Everett invites one of his deceased back for a last look. I sincerely hope they're all covered by singers who can show them the love they deserve. B

Daisies of the Galaxy [DreamWorks, 2000] Dud

Shootenanny! [DreamWorks, 2003] Dud