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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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The most accessible release from Eels

This record is a beautiful follow-up to Electro-Shock Blues. Though Electro-Shock Blues still proves to be E's strongest effort, Daisies of the Galaxy is by far the easiest to listen to. With little pop ditties like I Like Birds and sweeping beautiful ballads like the title track, this album is chock full of really great tunes. E returns in full force with a more uplifting and mainstream album than was Electro-Shock Blues while still maintaining his tendency for being, along with Tom Waits, Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Ian MacKaye (of Teen Idols/Minor Threat/Fugazi/The Evens), and Elliott Smith, one of best lyricists and songwriters of the past ten years. A must buy for any novice Eels fan.

Why did I wait so long to be a fan of Eels?

This disc is totally delicious. As varied as sitting down to a feast of beautiful strange delicacies, every song is a new taste. I'm kicking myself that I only discovered this band recently and that my life has been so musically deprived for so long.

MUST BUY THE WHOLE ALBUM

Too much of one artist at a time is usually unhealthy. So is not the case with DOTG. I could listen to this album with no break, and each song was fun to listen to, till the very end. The Eels' songs are so mellow yet strangely upbeat, and are all humorous. DEFINATELY BUY.

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Eels are often marketed as a full-fledged band, singer/songwriter E (real name: Mark Oliver Everett) is responsible for the group's sound and direction. Born in Virginia on April 9, 1963, Everett became interested in rock music at an early age via his sister's record collection, and began playing drums at the age of six, as well as tinkering on his family's piano. As the years progressed, Everett found himself leading a troubled teenage life, which was further complicated by his father's...
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