Very prolific and very sad, Mark "E" Everett has released literally tonnes of records at this point, but it all began with 'Beautiful Freak', a record that predated his infatuation with indie pop, twee theatrics and maudlin slowcore; this record has shades of grunge, trip-hop and alt rock, featuring the classic single "Novocaine For the Soul", as well as "Susan's House", which samples a Gladys Knight song and turns it into a spoken word nightmare. His creepiest, hardest to listen to and ultimately best record, Eels would never capture this disgusting sort of magic again.
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8/10 Missing Planet 27th September 2014
If this is your introduction to Mark Oliver Everett’s work, the thing that will surprise you most is it’s not Eels (for he and the band are almost completely interchangeable) best record.
After a few years and two albums struggling as a solo artist (and ultimately getting dropped), E got his second chance, put together Eels with Butch and Tommy and hit the big time straight away with Novocaine For The Soul. The full album came shortly afterwards with nine more songs just as good. An amalgamation of a number of the different sounds of the 90s (though fortunately ignoring the British obsession with Oasis and Blur), Eels would surpass this in quality and difficulty with Electro-Shock Blues, but that only makes this the second best (by a long way over the third) of this bands prolific output.
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