In addition to previously unreleased tracks (most notably an elegant remix of "Climbing to the Moon" by fellow L.A.-based musician Jon Brion), standout tunes include the Beck-like college-rock-radio hit "Novocaine for the Soul," the wry folk ditty "I Like Birds," and the melancholy chamber-pop number "Trouble With Dreams," which all showcase the Eels' knack for oddball narratives and engaging melodies. Along with Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous, Everett (aka E) is one of the 21st century's few true pop eccentrics working under a major-label umbrella, and MEET THE EELS is an excellent introduction to his strange but undeniably intriguing sensibility.
1. Novocaine For The Soul [Video]
2. Susan's House [Video]
3. Rags To Rags
4. Your Lucky Day In Hell
5. Last Stop: This Town
6. Cancer For The Cure [Album Version]
7. Flyswatter [Video / Album Version]
8. Souljacker Part I [Video / Album Version]
9. Saturday Morning
10. Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
11. Trouble With Dreams [Original]
12. Dirty Girl [Live At Town Hall]
13. I Like Bird (Bonus Ringtone Available Via Download)
What the critics say...
Uncut (p.88) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sum reveals that Eels' seam of wry melancholy runs deeper than imagined."
Q (Magazine) (p.109) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[V]eering wildly between rage and despair, but invariably underpinned by humanity. It's the perfect place to start."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.122) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "MEET THE EELS nuggets such as 'Susan's House' stand as fine examples of cut 'n' paste pop a la Beck..."
- Novocaine For The Soul
- Susan's House
- My Beloved Monster
- Your Lucky Day In Hell
- 3 Speed
- Last Stop: This Town
- Climbing To The Moon - (Jon Brion remix)
- I Like Birds
- Mr. E's Beautiful
- It's A Motherfucker
- Souljacker (Part I)
- That's Not Really Funny
- Fresh Feeling
- Get Ur Freak On
- Saturday Morning
- Love Of The Loveless
- Dirty Girl - (live, Live At Town Hall)
- I Need Some Sleep
- Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
- I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
- Trouble With Dreams
- Railroad Man - (Edit)
- Losing Streak
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