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As a companion piece to the career-spanning ‘greatest hits’ collection, Meet the Eels, Useless Trinkets provides the road less traveled, which proves just as — if not more — intriguing. Eels, the work of Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), specialize in askew, orchestrated pop, caffeinated guitar rock and songs bemused by simple, complex and random thoughts. Trinkets collects 50(!) stray tracks, from alternate mixes (“Your Lucky Day In Hell”), alternate versions (“Souljacker Part 1,” “Dog Faced Boy”), live cuts (“Hospital Food,” “The Cheater’s Guide to Your Heart”) perfect covers (Prince’s “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” Screaming Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell On You”) and songs provided to movie soundtracks.(“Bad News,” “Taking A Bath in Rust”), with over a dozen tunes previously unreleased. Everett’s the unusual studio technician who also excels as a live performer. His albums, studded with delicious textures, draw close attention to his sandpaper vocals, but he’s just as affecting on the live BBC recordings of “Manchester Girl” and “Flower.” 50 tracks may seem excessive, but what’s overwhelming here is the overall brilliant quality of the material. What a decade of work!

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is AWESOME!

The Eels OWN. Why? "Because life is good, and I feel great." Hell ya!

how could it be anything but brilliant?

E is someone either one has the sense to appreciate or one lacks the sense to appreciate. Well, at least that's the case to my biased "fannish" ears. This, like the other rarities collections give snippets you had to sometimes buy separately. While I'll be getting mine in the tangible form (b/c this lacks the dvd component), I think this is a great way for any eels fan to snap up some bits we've likely missed along the way. If you "get" music that's just a bit esoteric (and sometimes just plain witty), off the beaten track of boring pop, but not stuck on snobbish inapproachable music, give eels a try. If you have already... then you know how awesome all this already is.


If you are a die hard Eels fan.


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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