Daisies of the Galaxy
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
Beautiful of Freaks
naldrett - uk correspondent
If the last
Eels album was the musical equivalent to a funeral, then the stunning
follow-up, Daisies Of The Galaxy, can be nothing else than
the wake. With a more upbeat feel and optimistic outlook than
1998's acclaimed Electro-shock Blues, frontman E has used
the new album to close the door on a dark, depressing part of
his life and stroll casually into the sunny future.
The last Eels
CD came out at a time when E's sister had committed suicide and
his mother had died after a long illness. Time has done a lot
to heal the pain and introduce a whole new side to the Eels' sound,
helped along by the talented involvement of REM guitarist, Peter
Daisies Of The Galaxy kicks off with the sound of a funeral
in "Grace Kelly Blues," it doesn't take long before
the pessimism is booted out the window and told never to return.
Indeed, "I Like Birds" is a retrospective tribute to
E's mother who used to feed her feathered friends, "A Daisy
Through Concrete" is a superbly meaty jazz track and the
cover of the album comes from a happy 1950s kids book.
third Eels album still has its down moments, they are thankfully
few and another high point comes with "Flyswatter,"
an addictive rhythm with senseless lyrics about, of all things,
creatures that "keep you itchin".
Of The Galaxy is a fun album, musically masterful and beautifully
sung by an on-form E. And, of course, it features the radio-popular
"Mr E's Beautiful Blues," under-played as a bonus track
and surprisingly not featured at all on the sleeve notes.
it's a beautiful album.
liked Daisies of the Galaxy...
Grace Kelly Blues
2. Packing Blankets
3. The Sound of Fear
4. I Like Birds
5. Daisies of the Galaxy
7. It's a Motherfucker
8. Estate Sale
9. Tiger in My Tank
10. A Daisy Through Concrete
11. Jeannie's Diary
12. Wooden Nickels
13. Something is Sacred
14. Selective Memory
15. Mr. E's Beautiful Blues (hidden track)