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Electro-Shock Blues

EelsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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Dr. Hugh Everett III, Ph.D., was what Scientific American magazine calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." A quantum physicist who authored The Many Worlds Theory, Everett inspired countless science fiction books, movies and Star Trek episodes with the concept of parallel universes. As a young teenager he exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, debating ... Read more in Amazon's Eels Store

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  • Audio CD (October 20, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: October 20, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B00000DF6N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The sound of Eels' Electro-Shock Blues, the follow-up to the band's intriguing Beautiful Freak, reflects a year in which leader Mark "E" Everett suffered the loss of his sister to suicide as well as the illness of his mother and other tragedies. The music's hushed, sometimes dark sound and Everett's earnest vocals are often more convincing than his diary-entry lyrics, despite the power and daring inherent in describing illness in alt-pop settings that recall everything from hip-hop to Tom Waits. --Rickey Wright

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Blues September 26, 2005
By Sacco
Format:Audio CD
Everyone who knows the Eels knows their frontman/leader/ect doesn't flinch from writing songs about the darker things in life. Even so this is probably the bands darkest album too date. Starting with a song about his sisters suicide and then a song about her funeral its hard to imagine a bleaker start to an album, especially when its backed by the Eels twisted alt pop. Its pretty accurate to describe 'Electro-Shock Blues' as being a concept album, all about death, depression and even the light at the end of the tunnel. In the hands of another band like Marylin Manson or Pink Floyd this might by an unbearably selfrighteous, indulgent and wallowing experience, but E has just enough off kilter humor and quirkiness to pull it off without every giving unto those tendencies. Who else could write a song about watching your world crumble around you and going insane and include line like "voices tell me I am the sh*t" as E does on 'My Descent Into Madness'.

Probably the least 'rock' of the Eels albums, 'Electro-Shock Blues' is all twisted jazz, occasional drum loops, distorted violins, and breathy vocals. Like most Eels albums its got weird nursery rhyme quality, but this time its darker and more nightmarish. Theres only one real break for a pop song in 'Last Stop: This Town' which lightens up the gloomy mood and direction the album is taking up to this point. From their it quitely builds until finally there is relief at the end with 'PS You Rock My World', which its lucky because the confessions of E are so depressing that by the end your in desperate need of relief. Its not an easy album to listen to, and take really appreciate it it needs to be listened too in full, but as E will tell you the good things in life never come easy.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The eels have me Climbing to the Moon January 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the 3rd or 4th time I have reviewed this record, and I will persist until one of my reviews gets posted. I will persist because this album is worth raving about. the eels have been compared to Soul Coughing and even Cake. I have a hard time seeing the similarities. The eels have a fresh, original sound. (Yes I said original). Sure, lead singer and songwriter E has his influences, but he brings something all his own to these songs. He has an intruiging voice, and a knack for writing a pop song that doesnt neccessarily fall on the ears as such... It took me a couple of listens to really dig my teeth into ElectorShock Blues, but It quickly became one of my favorite albums. Some might say that the lyrics are melodramatic. They might be, but this is a concept album about sickness and suffering (if you dont know, you should read up on what was going on with E before this came out). E captures the feeling of being powerless and alone perfectly. Check it out, give it a careful listen or two. You wont be sorry.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece of sorrow October 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Eels" are such an over-looked band. This second album is particular beauteous. The opening song is iced and fragile- it transports you directly into an atmosphere of devastation. What follows is wave after wave of naked emotion.
Some crackin demented tracks like "Cancer for the Cure" and the stonking "Hospital Food", are balanced by delicate acustic pieces like "Climbing up to the moon" and "3 speed". The title song and "Baby genius" are brilliant momonts of pause. But the key song here is the perfectly balanced, catchy "Last stop: this town"- possibly the definitive "Eels" tune.
Yes...it's disturbing. Listen to it at night and you'll feel haunted. Especially lookin at the sleave with a child drawing of someone crying over split milk and a tomestone which reads "Sing along at home". But this makes the final track "PS you rock my world" all the more uplifting- a peaceful light at the end of an insane tunnel.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album Ever? August 19, 2003
By Chris C
Format:Audio CD
I gotta start off by saying that I'm no music critic. In fact, most of the reviews that I've posted have gotten an overwhelming amount of "no, this review was NOT helpful"'s. But this is something I have to do. I HAVE to keep on getting people to buy this gorgeous album and rate it so that the average user rating is 5 stars. Get it? Buy this album, and rate it 5 stars because this is perhaps my favorite cd of all time.
It wasnt until last summer that I started to listen to the eels religiously, and this is the album that started my rampage. It's gorgeous from beginning to end (even baby genius, probably the most hated track on the cd). Mark Oliver Everett (or E), vocals for Eels, wrote this album about death, or death around him, and how he dealt with it. When he was 18 (or 19) he saw his father have a heart attack and die. I believe that year his sister also tried to kill herself. She succeeded years later during the Eels tour in europe. E's mother was also diagnosed with cancer and he was soon to become the last remaining member of his family. I love this cd, not only because of the beautiful lyrics, but because if flows so perfectly together, from the haunting first tracks to the powerful accoustic numbers near the end. And its also really cool to see the change, musically, that the eels went through with each of their albums. Truly Beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underrated albums of the ninties.
This album has gotten me through a lot of rough patches in my life. Whenever I have a friend that is going through a difficult time, I always send them this record. Read more
Published 18 months ago by R. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Got this as a gift for my son
Not my style at all. (Now I have to add more words to get this published. What a pain in the neck.)
Published 21 months ago by A. Wich
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Electro-Shock Blues
This CD has really deep songs, with strong lyrics. And the songs are so different from each other, which is rare in CDs nowadays because they usually have the same theme and sound... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Priscila Menezes
5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously great album
One of the truly great albums of the 90's, of any era. All of a piece. Devastating, beautiful, uplifting and unique. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Petter Holmqvist
1.0 out of 5 stars buy at your own risk
I bought this album because I read the singer's book. The book was great but this album is not.
Published on January 21, 2010 by J. A. Bedeaux
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Powerful!
This is one powerful album! Considering the inspiration for much of it comes from the suicide of E's sister and the personal turmoil that resulted, how could it not be? Read more
Published on February 14, 2008 by Kort
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
I have a rule. I dont give reviews 5 stars.
This one being the exception.
Published on January 9, 2008 by R. M. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes several listens
Electro-shock blues has a much darker content and tone than more recent (although still dark) releases. Cancer, death and suffering are common themes. Read more
Published on November 30, 2007 by JL
5.0 out of 5 stars E announces to world that a new musical genius is on the scene
Electro-Shock Blues was the first Eels album I bought. I'd heard a song off of it on Pandora, so thought I'd check them out. Read more
Published on August 6, 2007 by lawrite
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to listen!
From time to time I go and purchase music. I consult what I consider to be the most informative and reliable publications in the industry. Why? So I don't get burned!! Read more
Published on January 14, 2006 by Eddie Wannabee
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