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This 24-track “Greatest Hits” collection from cult artist Mark Oliver Everett (aka ‘E’), who releases his albums as Eels, works as the straightforward companion piece to the 50-track collection of rarities (Useless Trinkets) that’s been used to further sum up this artistically fertile decade of work. Tracks from each of Eels’ releases are included, running from the 1996 debut Beautiful Freak through the 2006 live album, With Strings: Live at Town Hall. The previously unreleased remix of “Climbing to the Moon” from Jon Brion and a cover of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” should entice completists. But this is essentially a well-researched career overview, providing the full spectrum of E’s prodigious talents. “I’m Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn’t Break Your Heart” is perfect crestfallen pop, meticulously produced without losing its emotive impulse, “Susan’s House” uses a ‘70s funk groove and keyboard with a newscaster’s reportage to nail its sense of loss, while a track such as “Souljacker Part 1” cranks up the amps, and “Saturday Morning” comes barreling out of the garage with its guitars and cheesy organ beautifully distorted. Everett’s one studio rat who can play the boisterous rock performer and the quiet kid in the corner with equal parts energy and finesse.

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Meet? How about "Fall In Love With..."

If you understand the appeal of dark chocolate you'll understand The Eels. Bittersweet has never sounded so sublime. You'll never shake these songs from your head and always come back for more. Enough said.

A solid overview

This is a pretty good overview of E's career, for fans and newcomers alike.

It Eels good.

The music is great. If I didn't already own all of the Eels albums I would purchase this one. If you watch some of your favorite, and recent, movies you might be surprised to hear one of these songs. Unfortunately, some of my favorite cuts aren't on this collection. Check out "Tiger in my Tank" and "Hospital Food".


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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