Thursday, February 12, 2009

Eels - Beautiful Freak

Eels is primarily the mind-child of singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett ("Mr. E"), implementing his subtle but deranged lyrics in uplifting pop soundscapes. 'Beautiful Freak' was the first album under the name Eels, earning praise & recognition for singles like "Novacaine for the Soul" and "Susan's House". While Eels have received critical acclaim from corporate pen and underground alike, the band is overlooked by both circles in my opinion.

'Beautiful Freak' is the perfect introduction to a great band -- just a wonderful blend of pop, rock/grunge, and even hip-hop/beat-driven compositions. Not to mention the stoic charm of Everett's voice -- and more importantly -- just what he has to say. The band went through numerous lineup changes following 'Beautiful Freak', but anyone who enjoys should def seek out their later material (esp. the following album 'Electro-Shock Blues', possibly Everett's most tormented display).

Beautiful Freak
mind the graves