15 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the heavy emotional pull of 1998's Electro-Shock Blues, which found lead Eel E dealing with multiple tragedies, it was something of a revelation to listen to its 2000 successor Daisies and hear the throaty singer-songwriter intone "Me, I'm feeling pretty good now-I think you know I'll be OK" on the first tune, "Grace Kelly Blues." In fact, it was a downright revelation. Throughout this mildly funky, low-key album, E produces pleasantly depressing tunes that juxtapose an always-raining-outside sensibility with poppy melodies that verge on upbeat but never quite achieve it. And while as a whole the album feels like an elaborate art therapy exercise, fully half the songs are strange confessional pop perfect for fans of Tom Waits, Skip Spence, and Elvis Costello.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the heavy emotional pull of 1998's Electro-Shock Blues, which found lead Eel E dealing with multiple tragedies, it was something of a revelation to listen to its 2000 successor Daisies and hear the throaty singer-songwriter intone "Me, I'm feeling pretty good now-I think you know I'll be OK" on the first tune, "Grace Kelly Blues." In fact, it was a downright revelation. Throughout this mildly funky, low-key album, E produces pleasantly depressing tunes that juxtapose an always-raining-outside sensibility with poppy melodies that verge on upbeat but never quite achieve it. And while as a whole the album feels like an elaborate art therapy exercise, fully half the songs are strange confessional pop perfect for fans of Tom Waits, Skip Spence, and Elvis Costello.

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