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The Melodic Dilemma
February 4, 2013
Eels: Wonderful, Glorious
Eels' driving force Mark Everett (E) wrote songs on his own a lot for the music Eels made. 2013 has E writing with longtime companion The Chet and the rest of the current Eels line up to write for the band to fantastic results. After a solo-written, hastily released trilogy of the desire (Hombre Lobo), the loss (End Times), and looking on the bright side of it all (Tomorrow Morning), Wonderful, Glorious carries a feel of taking the best from each album and distilling it onto Eels' 2013 offering. Right off the bat, the muted yet heavy Bombs Away mimics the song Fresh Blood in intensity, but manages to pull off a much stronger approach. The album takes a u-turn pretty quickly into territory well wet for End Times' quiet sadness with the strangely optimistic yet claustrophobic Accident Prone, where E croons gently over the oft strummed riff. Peach Blossom possesses the strength of pop sensibility that Tomorrow Morning carried while shamelessly throwing in dense structure to make a bombastic approach. This is all in the first ten minutes of the record. The record also carries a maturity not seen in Eels' music. Where most of his back-catalog has him moping over his sincerely tragic life (he has a lot to mope about, his entire immediate family dying tragically throughout his life), Wonderful, Glorious is the strongest indication of new, more optimistic horizons. On the ropes sums up the album’s idea pretty well with its upbringing guitars and stubborn lyricism “I’m not knocked out/but I’m on the ropes”. Whether there’s unconventional use of instruments or little nooks and crannies of space filled with a horn or a reversed, droning effect, Eels benefits greatly from collaboration, and hopefully it opens E’s eyes to the possibilities of full-credit collaborations with other artists, or at least an expansion of his palette  Wonderful, Glorious is one of the most optimistic stylistic changes for a band to be seen in a long time.
Eels WebsiteBuy Wonderful, Glorious.Hear Wonderful, Glorious.Watch New Alphabet.

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Eels' driving force Mark Everett (E) wrote songs on his own a lot for the music Eels made. 2013 has E writing with longtime companion The Chet and the rest of the current Eels line up to write for the band to fantastic results. After a solo-written, hastily released trilogy of the desire (Hombre Lobo), the loss (End Times), and looking on the bright side of it all (Tomorrow Morning), Wonderful, Glorious carries a feel of taking the best from each album and distilling it onto Eels' 2013 offering. Right off the bat, the muted yet heavy Bombs Away mimics the song Fresh Blood in intensity, but manages to pull off a much stronger approach. The album takes a u-turn pretty quickly into territory well wet for End Times' quiet sadness with the strangely optimistic yet claustrophobic Accident Prone, where E croons gently over the oft strummed riff. Peach Blossom possesses the strength of pop sensibility that Tomorrow Morning carried while shamelessly throwing in dense structure to make a bombastic approach. This is all in the first ten minutes of the record. The record also carries a maturity not seen in Eels' music. Where most of his back-catalog has him moping over his sincerely tragic life (he has a lot to mope about, his entire immediate family dying tragically throughout his life), Wonderful, Glorious is the strongest indication of new, more optimistic horizons. On the ropes sums up the album’s idea pretty well with its upbringing guitars and stubborn lyricism “I’m not knocked out/but I’m on the ropes”. Whether there’s unconventional use of instruments or little nooks and crannies of space filled with a horn or a reversed, droning effect, Eels benefits greatly from collaboration, and hopefully it opens E’s eyes to the possibilities of full-credit collaborations with other artists, or at least an expansion of his palette  Wonderful, Glorious is one of the most optimistic stylistic changes for a band to be seen in a long time.

Eels Website
Buy Wonderful, Glorious.
Hear Wonderful, Glorious.
Watch New Alphabet.