Album Review: The Deconstruction by Eels


AlbumThe Deconstruction
Artist: Eels
Release Date: April 6, 2018
Favorite Tracks: “The Deconstruction” and “Bone Dry”
Thoughts:

I’ve liked Eels (a one-man band of Mark Oliver Everett) for some time going back to 1996’s “Novocaine for the Soul.” There’s something about lush orchestration behind a gravelly voice singing songs of self-incriminating introspection. The thing is, what worked in 1996 doesn’t work for 2018.  While Everett attempts some more upbeat music and optimistic lyrics, the overall sound hasn’t changed much, and he’d be better off releasing a greatest hits compilation.  That said, the first two tracks, “The Deconstruction” and “Bone Dry,” are pretty spectacular.  If only Eels released a single instead, because the rest of the album is meh.

Rating: **

Ten Favorite Songs of 1996


The project continues with my favorite songs of 1996.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Hell –  Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Novacaine for the Soul – Eels

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The Ocean –  Dar Williams

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Sacre Francais – Dimitri From Paris

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6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps

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Wasted With The Cooper – Velveteens

[Too obscure for the internet. Ska bands singing about Colonial Williamsburg should get more exposure]

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What I Got – Sublime

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Where it’s At –  Beck

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Whoever You Are – Geggy Tah

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Les Yper-Sound – Stereolab

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And my song of shame for 1996: Macarena by Los Del Rio

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Did you listen to anything better in 1996?  Let me know in the comments.