by Eels


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Mark Oliver Everett lives in a twisted, tortured world, one that's constantly making things explode in his face. But, like Matt Groening with "Life in Hell," the Eels frontman manages to coax more than a few laughs out of even the bleakest situations, something he ably displays on Shootenany!, the fourth Eels album. On the bleary "Numbered Days," the artist better known as E confronts his own mortality -- a common theme on Eels discs -- with a stance that falls somewhere between a shrug and a knowing grin. Similarly, "The Good Old Days," which is spiked with sharp, memorable guitar hooks, sees him finding a silver lining in the dark cloud of nightmare-plagued sleep (namely, that finally waking up makes life seem a little better). Shootenany! is a little brighter in tone than most of Eels' past work; keyboards that once fretted hauntingly now float in something of a pleasant fugue state, particularly on "Lone Wolf," and guitars are even occasionally set to boogie, as on the practically giddy "Saturday Morning." Never fear: E isn't about to turn around and write an update of "Don't Worry, Be Happy," but it is sort of nice to hear him kicking back in a psychic space that's not so dimly lit.

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Release Date: 06/03/2003
Label: Dreamworks
UPC: 0600445044227
catalogNumber: 000003902
Rank: 279570

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This was the first Eels CD I checked out, and it contained enough amazing songs to keep me hooked to this day. Every song is catchy, and musically brilliant. I would recommend this album to anyone and everyone.