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Where Eels' first three albums had largely been the product of singer/songwriter E, this expansive 2001 release found the ambitious musician entering into a more comprehensive songwriting/production collaboration with UK producer John Parish, known for his similar work with P.J. Harvey. The results are a more upbeat and eclectic batch of songs variously informed by Burundi/Bo Diddly shuffles ("Jungle Telegraph"), the boogie-rock fusion of "Souljacker Pt.1", and elegiac trip-hop of "Fresh Feeling." Even acoustic-centered performances such as "Woman Driving, Man Sleeping" and especially the infectious "Friendly Ghost" find E and company in a distinctly sunny mood.

Customer Reviews

Not what you'd expect

This is the perfect example of E's never-the-same-twice musical talent. It’s a lot more harsh than his previous albums, but it offers a nice transition from the fear and struggle of earlier eels recordings to the determination and maturity of more recent works. Odds are this is going to be a little more difficult for those fans who have only seen them live once or never at all. It requires an understanding that eels is not a genre band and you can’t buy an album with any expectations. If you’re going to buy one album, get Blinking Lights. But if you’re gong to buy two albums, get Blinking Lights and Souljacker.

Are you all on drugs?

It's a fair question, given the overall tenor of the reviews thus far. Simply put, Souljacker is fantastic, a brilliant example of a brilliant artist at work. That's Not Really Funny, Fresh Feeling, Friendly Ghost, and Rotten World Blues are all exceptional tracks. Scratch that, they're all exceptional. And the cover shows a man kidnapping a fluffy dog. I mean, come on, that’s genius. If it’s not your cup of tea, fair enough. But I’m afraid it does mean you’re stupid. Stop pretending you like intelligently driven, cutting-edge music and stick to Hillary Duff. (Don’t take it personally; I’m just trying to help.)


i guess he doesnt really like jehovahs witnesses. well i like them, there some pretty nice people.


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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