Wonderful, Glorious [Deluxe Edition]


Eels


Amoeba Review

02/04/2013

One of the few alt-rock bands to transcend past the mid-'90s, Eels’ ornate guitar-based songs and frontman E’s disturbed growl continue to develop on Wonderful, Glorious. “Bombs Away” hits hard at the album’s outset, its disturbed tribal thump owing much to Tom Waits but sounding as though it couldn’t come from any other band. E’s weird musings — “I’ve had enough of being complacent/I’ve had enough of being a mouse” he sings through his teeth — still sound like the scared, secret thoughts of a troubled youth. “Kinda Fuzzy” lets E rap a bit over alt-funk, something most bands couldn’t accomplish, but somehow you follow Eels into whatever weird avenue they venture down. E’s at his best on “Accident Prone,” a dispirited, drumless ballad similar in spirit to Eels’ breakthrough hit, “Novacaine for the Soul,” as well as the warped, heavy psych-funk of “Peach Blossom.” It speaks to one of the nice surprises on the album — an interest in repurposing the lush soul chords, rap-like delivery and heavy fuzz bass of classic soul. Wonderful, Glorious may be an ironic title since E and co. are as misanthropic as ever, but they’ve turned over new stones musically, harnessing that negative energy into something lively and wonderful indeed. And they’re even cheerier than before — “my love is beautiful, it’s here for the taking” E belts in the title track. Though you suspect some cynicism on his part, the passionate way he delivers the line would say otherwise.

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Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
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1.
Bombs Away
Eels 05:23
2.
Kinda Fuzzy
Eels 03:38
3.
Accident Prone
Eels 02:48
4.
Peach Blossom
Eels 04:01
5.
On the Ropes
Eels 03:10
6.
The Turnaround
Eels 04:49
7.
New Alphabet
Eels 04:08
8.
Stick Together
Eels 03:42
9.
True Original
Eels 03:48
10.
Open My Present
Eels 03:09
11.
You're My Friend
Eels 03:47
12.
I Am Building a Shrine
Eels 03:35
13.
Wonderful, Glorious
Eels 03:43


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
File/Price
Buy
1.
Hold On to Your Hat
Eels 00:46
2.
Your Mama Warned You
Eels 03:09
3.
I'm Your Brave Little Soldier
Eels 02:51
4.
There's Something Strange
Eels 03:12
5.
Happy Hour (We're Gonna Rock)
Eels 03:50
6.
That's Not Really Funny (Live 2011)
Eels 04:55
7.
In My Dreams (Live 2010)
Eels 03:07
8.
Prizefighter (Live 2010)
Eels 03:01
9.
Looking Up (Live 2011)
Eels 05:06
10.
What I Have to Offer (Live at KEXP)
Eels 02:56
11.
I Like the Way This Is Going (Live at KEXP)
Eels 02:13
12.
Spectacular Girl (Live at KEXP)
Eels 03:32
13.
Summer in the City (Live at KEXP)
Eels 02:12

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