Electro-Shock Blues

Electro-Shock Blues

by EelsEels


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The Eels' second release, Electro-Shock Blues, is a much darker album than their underrated debut, 1996's Beautiful Freak, but just as rewarding. Singer/guitarist/songwriter E experienced many upheavals in his personal life between albums (the passing of several family members and close friends), and decided to work his way through life's tribulations via his music. The result is a spectacular epic work, easily on par with such classic albums cut from the same cloth -- Neil Young's Tonight's the Night, Lou Reed's Magic and Loss. For some of the most introspective and haunting tunes of recent times, look no further than the title track, "Last Stop: This Town," and "Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor." And although the lyrics deal almost entirely with mortality, the music for "Hospital Food," "Cancer for the Cure," and "Going to Your Funeral, Pt. 1" is comparable to Beck's funky noise, while "Efils' God," "The Medication Is Wearing Off," and "My Descent Into Madness" are all ethereal, soothing compositions. One of the finest and fully realized records of 1998, a must-hear.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/1998
Label: Dreamworks
UPC: 0600445005228
catalogNumber: 50052

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eels   Primary Artist
Jim Jacobsen   Bass,Clarinet,Conductor,Keyboards
E   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Parthenon Huxley   Guitar
Jon Brion   Organ,chamberlain
T Bone Burnett   Bass
Jim Lang   Conductor
John Leftwich   Bowed Bass,Upright Bass
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Grant-Lee Phillips   Banjo,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Stuart Wylen   Guitar,Alto Flute,Bass Flute,fender rhodes
Cynthia Merrill   Cello
Butch ?   Drums,Vocals
Elton Jones   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jim Jacobsen   Engineer
E   Lyricist,Engineer
Jim Lang   Arranger,Engineer
Francesca Restrepo   Artwork,Art Direction
Michael Simpson   Engineer
Mickey P.   Engineer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Cynthia Merrill   Backwards Recording
Elton Jones   Contributor

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Electro-Shock Blues 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD, if I understand correctly, was made shortly after lead man E became the only member of his family left after suicide claimed his sister and cancer his mom. Only drummer Butch stayed by E's side, Bass Player what's his name leaving to other things... That being said, this album is a moody piece of art. I can't stop listening to it. As some other reviewers have noted: it's like I'm invading E's personal diary and sharing a pain so immense it almost doesn't take words. There's so much emotion behind this solitary album it, in itself, is nearly overbearing. Songs like "Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor" and "Going to your Funeral Part I" are enough to make you shudder with grief for someone you know is fine but can't help feel is on death's door or has already crossed that fated threshold. "The Medication's Wearing Off" is poppy without being stupid and "P.S. You Rock My World" lifts a weary head and gives hope that you just knew was useless. This album rocks, listen to it, if it doesn't change the way you listen to rock it will definetly topple something or the other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band is relatively undiscovered and yet probably the most talented I have ever heard. They use so many different sounds and bring it together so well it's amazing. Perhaps the best part of their music is that their non-hits are as good as the popular ones. With the exception of the Beatles, this is the only music I've really been able to relate to and feel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
electro-shock blues is the best cd ever and this is why: it has the best music of any cd and it has great lyrics, nothing dumb or corny. it's not one of those cds that you like a lot at first but then you get sick of it. when i first got it i was dissapointed, there were only afew songs that i liked, last stop: this town, p.s. you rock my world and 3 speed but after giving the cd a chance i and listend to the whole thing through i loved it. my favorent song is climbing to the moon right now but almost all the songs have been my favorent at one time or another