Eels   Electro-Shock Blues
4.1
excellent
Ranking: #43 for 1998

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3.5 greatGene Gol-Jonsson CONTRIBUTOR | April 2nd 24

Eels even in their prime are a pathologically relaxed shoot-for-all indie crafters. The album is cute not despite its roughness, but almost because of it. There sits a lovely naivety only accomplishable through these multi-disciplinary 90s indie albums.

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4.5 superbrachsbro | July 25th 09

I love this album for it's creativity. 'My Descent into Madness' incorporates small clips of an orchestra that sounds quirky but fits into the melody in a strange way. In 'Going to Your Funeral', the verse starts out darker, but lightens at the chorus, and gets darker again. Overall, it is a beautiful album, despite being terribly morbid.

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4.5 superbAggravatedYeti | January 26th 08

What was at first, very hard on my ears, save a few songs, has since become my favorite Eels album, and really one of my favorite albums period. 'Electro-Shock Blues' is so achingly painful at points it can defer some listeners, but really, there are a lot of gems here. E's loss of family and well, hope is what crafted this album, and it is morose at times, but more often than not in his sadness there's a lot of beauty to be found. 'Elizabeth on the Bathroom Floor', 'Elfi's God', 'P.S. You Rock My World' are gorgeous, while 'Last Stop: This Town' is a nice light hearted break from the albums slower tones. Everything here is great, no song really falters in my opinion, though as a whole 'Electro-Shock Blues' can run a bit long, and it's not an album for any time. But it's beauty is really found in it's soft but hauting tones, morose themes and E's aching voice and lyrics.

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