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Eels - Wonderful, Glorious

by Greg Spencer Rating:8 Release Date:2013-02-04

Wonderful, Glorious is uplifting, effervescent and brings along the usual quirk of Mark Everett and co. It differs from, say, Daisies of the Galaxy as its pace shifts from the opening two tracks, which move and groove along like Eels can, to the slow and almost melancholic 'On the Ropes'. There's something really likeable about this band anyway, but the uniqueness and absorbing quality that's present on the majority of their previous releases comes to the fore on this album. A song like 'The Turnaround' pulls you in and drags all your emotions to the floor, while the down-tempo style and the emotive tones which Everett uses sum up why this band are still important today.

However, the problems come hand-in-hand with the things that are great about it. There are plenty of tender moments but unfortunately, at times, the record doesn't hang together as a coherent piece. Maybe it shouldn't matter at all, but you'll either finish the record and not care at all or will have to go back and search for any sort of structure. There's also a tendency for Everett to get lost in each song, 'Accident Prone', for instance, is a track of no real direction, and there are other songs which simply feel a little lost in the greater scheme of the album.

Overall, it is a great album and one which may be the best Eels have done in 10 years. There's a lot to get your teeth into and it takes more than one full listen to quite get understand and appreciate it fully, but this is a band who deserve a lot of credit. They keep plugging away with each release and showing how imaginative and unique they actually are.

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