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Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Rolling 3:36Album Only
listen  2. Misinformed 3:24Album Only
listen  3. Circles 3:06Album Only
listen  4. Blame 5:00Album Only
listen  5. St. Louise Is Listening 4:29Album Only
listen  6. Maybe I'll Come Down 4:32Album Only
listen  7. Houston 4:03Album Only
listen  8. $300 3:07Album Only
listen  9. Fully Retractable 3:25Album Only
listen10. Monster Man 4:16Album Only
listen11. Pensacola 4:15Album Only
listen12. I Miss The Girl 4:03Album Only
listen13. So Far I Have Not Found The Science 2:53Album Only
listen14. The Incumbent 6:46Album Only

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  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American WB
  • ASIN: B00000AG9H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Soul Coughing expand their funky free-for-all with El Oso, a sturdy shack of samples rattling around in a boogie cup. No, it's not a disco revival, just a new way of grooving. Showing more muscle than on their previous release, Irresistable Bliss, frontman M. Doughty spews nonsequiturs between the band's airy jams as if he were the blue-eyed hip-hop equivalent of Robyn Hitchcock. Doughty and the band shake hands with the loping "Circles," whisper sweet nothings to the piano-fed "Blame," and create semi-organic drum & bass on "Blame." "$300," the most addictive cut, slips under a raga spell as keyboardist M'ark De Gli Antoni spikes the brew with digital dust. Aside from "So Far I Have Not Found the Science" (a nearly direct rip-off of their own "Blue Eyed Devil," from their debut release, Ruby Vroom), Soul Coughing have pushed their techno-funk sound further, making El Oso equally limber and bracing. --Jason Josephes

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El Oso (a literal translation of the Spanish for 'The Bear'), released in 1998, is the third and final album by the New York City band Soul Coughing. The disc is marked by a deep drum and bass influence.

The disc yielded Soul Coughing's biggest hit single, "Circles". Cartoon Network gave it a music video in which a Flintstones cartoon was synched to the track as part of the Cartoon Network Groovies. A Cartoon Network video for the song "Rolling," was also produced which was synced with a Betty Boop cartoon.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Muse Transforms February 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Bottom Line: "El Oso" solidifies Soul Coughing's status as true musical geniuses. It is a tribute to their talent that they can change their sound yet their music remains immediately recognizable.
In Soul Coughing first two albums they had five members: Mark De Gil Antoni, Yuval Gabay, Sebastian Steinberg, M. Doughty, and M. Doughty's Otherworldly Muse. Together these five created what they called "deep slacker jazz" - an eclectic collection of hip rifts and rhythms spiced with the bizarrely creative word play of M. Doughty's Muse. The CDs "Ruby Vroom" and "Irresistible Bliss" featured such witticisms as "he flicked an ash like a wild loose comma" and "the people's republic of lemony fresh" -- the type of lyrics with the emotional feel of an X-Files episode.
In Soul Coughing's third album "El Oso," the band seems to have lost its fifth member. Which is not to deny that "El Oso" is a great album, but fans will note with slight disappointment the relative lack of literary wizardly. The lyrics are still much much better than the mindless pablum most bands write today. Still, there are no "buses to Beelzebub," no "white girls raised by the aliens" on "El Oso." The emotional feel is more subdued, but still funky. Doughty has moved on. The message has been received, he has new things to say and he still says them well.
Soul Coughing's third album marks a change for the band. Not just in the departure from coffee house poet lyrics. They move away from their simple four-piece acoustic jazz band sound to an amplified, more electronic sound. It is a tribute to their talent that they can change their sound yet their music remains immediately recognizable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guys were incapable of making a bad album May 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Soul Coughing fan since 1996, when I purchased "Irresistible Bliss." I loved it. Later I bought "Ruby Vroom." Loved it. I finally broke down and picked up "El Oso" this week and once again, these guys can do no wrong. Their music can be described by the titled of their second album: irresistible bliss. It's difficult music to describe, since it's so unique, but my best description would be Beck meets Devo. M. Doughty has a wonderful gift for creating oddball lyrics that are never cliches and usually hilarious. "El Oso" is a bit more instrumentally spare, less dense, than the band's previous efforts. The bits of unusual sampling are kept more in the background, only to make room for the vocals and those consistently funky SC grooves. "Circles" was apparently the "single" from this disc (I wouldn't know...I never listen to the radio), and it's a great, catchy little number. So far some of my favorite songs are "$300," "So Far I Have Not Found the Science" and "Misinformed," but I'm sure that I will grow to love them all. This is a wonderful disc with grooves, hooks and lyrics that are impossible to get out of your head. A bit more accessible that their previous efforts, but that's certainly not a bad thing. Unfortunately, SC announced their break-up a few months ago. The good thing about that sad news is that they split up LONG before their music became boring. I wish all four members the best of luck. Thanks for the great tunes!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . . . listeniiiiing-aaaaahhhuuuuhhhh . . . April 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
EL OSO is so cool, so groove-worthy, so tripped-out . . . some songs ("Pensacola," "The Incumbant") rank with the weirdest I've ever heard. So rhythmic yet jazzy, so fun to listen to, you'll put it on again and again. Some might find songs like "Blame" or "Houston" to be so infectious they irritate, but I just find them infectious. There's quite a wide range of strange and diverse sounds on this album - SC laid down a lot of layers, many of them pretty subtle. For this reason in particular, EL OSO is an excellent record to groove to while listening with headphones.

Standouts: "Misinformed," "St. Louise is Listening," "$300" and "Miss the Girl" . . . but baby, it's aaaaall good! Didn't always get the warmest reception from critics because Doughty used to be one of them and they're jealous. Overall, Soul Coughing's most driving, upbeat album. I can't decide which I like most, this one or RUBY VROOM.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! June 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Soul Coughing while watching Cartoon Network at 1 o'clock in the morning. They have these things called Groovies, where artists set their songs to cartoons, like a music video. While listening to "Rolling," I noticed that the video was very strange- an old black and white Betty Boop cartoon- and the song was even stranger. i didn't give it much thought until a couple days later, when i heard it again. The I realized that the song might have been very strange but it was extremely cool. The next day I heard "Circles"- another Groovie- and I fell in love with it instantly. I went out and bought the CD and I listen to it almost every day. What is unusual about Soul Coughing's music is that usually I like music because I can think of a good daydream to go with it. But with this music, I just could not think of one daydream. I love it simply because I do, and I would recommend it to anyone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
This jazz fusion type band really stands out from the really with doughty's unparalleled lyrics and awesome continuations from the other members, songs like 300$, monster man and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Herman McKinney Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Soul Coughing
I think most Soul Coughing fans would agree that this is not their best album, but all of them are very good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by N. Saragoza
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album, not much new
Really like soul coughing but lots of the same music on this one. If you don't already have a lot of S.C., this is a good album.
Published 9 months ago by Maria
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip it
This CD is okay at best, it does have one good song, Circles. That's it the only one I like, other than that skip it and save your money.
Published 9 months ago by bsblurr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I used to listen to this CD a lot back in the day and it was refreshing to find it again and put it back into my mix. :)
Published 20 months ago by Hobbes
4.0 out of 5 stars their weakest
of the three Soul Coughing studio albums, this is undoubtedly their weakest. yeah, maybe their closest to a hit with "Circles" but spotty overall and not littered with... Read more
Published 22 months ago by chance
5.0 out of 5 stars Better with age.
This has been better to me this time around, when it first came out i didn't like as much, but with age i've come to appreciate whats here. My favorite album. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dozer
5.0 out of 5 stars In a category all its own...AWESOME TECH ROCK
Let's see, how to describe the indescribable perfection of this album? It defies conventional words. It's one of those CDs... Read more
Published on July 14, 2012 by M. Gariti
5.0 out of 5 stars Flagrantly Overlooked Creativity
Somehow some reviewers here think Soul Coughing is ugly while simultaneously favoring NIN which is, let's not forget, the definition of ugly music IE industrialized/electronic... Read more
Published on June 5, 2009 by Robert Movsesyan
4.0 out of 5 stars There is NOTHING like Soul Coughing
At their best these guys are like the a stripped down albeit trippier version of Morphine. On a scale of 1 to 10 I give this an 8. This album is for the 90's (IMHO! Read more
Published on March 31, 2009 by Neil Hamilton
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