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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 (June 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • ASIN: B00009B8G2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Head Eel Mark "E" Everett purges his soul with a smile on Shootenanny!, as he delivers bursts of bittersweet wit and lighthearted drama. Unlike solemn 1996 epic Electro-Shock Blues and 2001’s thorny Souljacker, E's songwriting here puts the emphasis on light melodies and clean pop craft. While his limber genre-jumping often earns comparisons to Beck, there's also some of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy in E’s razor-burn voice. And though Shootenanny! isn’t out on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’s experimental ledge, it has a similar unruly twang that injects a dose of whimsy into soul-searching songs like "Love of the Loveless." "Wrong About Bobby," for instance, glides along on sunny, jangling guitars while E tries and fails to forgive a violent grudge. By mixing sweet with sour, E's warm and fuzzy mope rock sounds great whether it's blasting out of a convertible on a sunny day or playing in the background on a rainy night. --Matthew Cooke

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's Going To Play With Me? August 25, 2003
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I hate this type of comparison, but here goes: if you took Wilco, made a young Tom Waits their singer, and forced them to stick to more traditional Blues-based forms, you'd have something akin to Eels.
The subtitle of SHOOTENANNY!--"Everybody Knows These Are Rock Hard Times"--says it all. The album plays like a deep blue depression on a sunny day, pounding along across it's own unique aural landscape. Some of the more fatalistic stuff is hard to take repeatedly, but "Saturday Morning" is stunning and, while most of the rest of the album is sure-fire Alt Rock, there are moments towards the end, like "Numbered Days," which have some kind of late 60s/early 70s atmosphere to them.
SHOOTENANNY! has been in my short stack of CDs for a month now; it's inspiration may not be unique but the effect the Eels create is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Year?? June 4, 2003
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I've always enjoyed E's stuff, and the Eels...very good indeed. But, this is perhaps E's masterpiece and arguably the Best Album of the Year thus far. At just over 40 minutes it doesn't overstay its welcome (like so many who think they must use 50-60 minutes of a CD, even if half of it is filler), and leaves you coming back for more time and again. Great E-Pop with some very hard-edged guitar riffs thrown in - a perfect balance, really. Don't miss this one - all of E and the Eels promise finally comes together. Awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EELS BEST June 12, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
Every time an Eels CD comes out, there is ALWAYS the usual grumbling about it not being up to par, etc. It was that way for every release. Then, in time, the album shows itself for what it really is. I believe this album is the best Eels album to date. Clearly he is going for a succinct, direct sound and message without pretense. It's direct, human and great! I could hear Muddy Water's singing the lyric of "Love Of The Loveless." Well done, again, Eels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every listen August 29, 2003
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This is a rare artist where it's best not to decide which single album is best. Doing so only helps those unfamiliar with the artist decide which ONE album to buy. Spend the money and buy ALL of the Eeels albums out there - you won't be disappointed. Unless of course you don't enjoy strikingly insightful lyrics wrapped in musical arrangements that defy nearly every other artist working today. Need proof of his lyrical talent? From "Somebody Loves You":
This nagging malaise
Is more than a phase
It feels like a job
But no boss ever pays you to lay there
And think how you'll die
While the tears start to well in your eyes
Depressing? Yeah, when read like the poetry that it is, but coupled with the sweeping orchestral chorus that reinforces the message that "somebody loves you, you're going to make it through" - it's hard to not to feel invigorated by the talent of this artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yee-haw March 15, 2004
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I don't think America has ever fully understood Mark Oliver Everett (aka E or Mr. E) and the music he's made as part of the EELS. Shootenanny! is the band's 5th proper release and their most accessible to date. That being said, I don't think Shootenanny! is an attempt to get America to understand the EELS or for them to start selling millions of albums, but rather the opportunity for E to do something he doesn't normally do - write your typical pop/rock song without too much of the quirkiness that marked many of the band's previous releases, and for him to break free of the image of himself as a chronically depressed genius with a knack for turning generally positive phrases, such as "I love you," into some of the most devastating and defeating words ever. (Well, losing your father, mother, and sister - all within a year - will do that to you.)
"All In A Day's Work" begins Shootenanny! with a slow snarl of an electric guitar before the ominous bass guitar and drums take over darkly marching towards E's distorted vocals. The disc's single, "Saturday Morning," ironically enough is the most typical EELS track on Shootenanny! with E's switch to an almost taunting falsetto on the chorus over Butch's pounding drums leading to a wall of distorted guitars. "Love Of The Loveless" and "Rock Hard Times" despite their titles are two of the album's most upbeat and best tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Eels' most straight forward rock album June 19, 2003
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The Eels have released several great albums during the past years, but for every radio friendly 'Last Stop: This Town' you got several 'Souljackers'. Don't get me wrong, I love the Eels, no matter if they play straight forward rock or more complex material. So I do not think, that they are selling out at all on this album. In fact, this album shows, what a great songwriter Mark Oliver Everett really is and the CD will hopefully attract an even wider fan base. There are great rock songs (All in a Day's Work, Saturday Morning, Dirty Girl, Wrong about Bobby), beautiful ballads (The good old Days, Rock Hard Times) and also some 'old style' Eels (Love of the Loveless, Agony, Lone Wolf) material on here. If you never bought an Eels album or if you couldn't quite connect to their older material, give this CD a try. It's definitely one of the best releases this year so far. And as the CD says : Everybody knows these are rock hard times....
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4.0 out of 5 stars back to their roots
When Beautiful Freaks came out I played that sucker everyday and it was in my top 5 for best CD of that year. Read more
Published on October 13, 2009 by James Quinn
5.0 out of 5 stars yes, yes, yes, and again, yes
These are the songs that I knew E could write: smart, deceptively light, deft treatments of the dog days of life. Read more
Published on July 17, 2008 by Erica Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it up for the new modern man

A weird Bo Diddley-esque beginning to Shootenanny, which has against all odds has become my second-favorite-but-most-listened-to Eels album. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by P. Opus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
This is probably the Eels' most accessible album. But that doesnt mean that is not up to snuff with their other work. On the contrary it is one of my favorites of theirs. Read more
Published on July 4, 2007 by Meecrofilm
4.0 out of 5 stars A really lovely album.
Considering this album was recorded over the space of a few weeks during a break from the 'Blinking Lights. . . ' sessions it's absolutely wonderful. Read more
Published on November 10, 2005 by Elliot Ridgewell
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Them Coming E
From my first sight of Beautiful Freak two years ago, lead singer/lone wolf band member (not forgetting drummer Butch) E continues to pleasantly surprise me with his increasingly... Read more
Published on February 26, 2005 by Matthew Rink
5.0 out of 5 stars great album, Eels take a new turn
this new album, which comes after the sometimes criticized 'Souljacker' experimentation, has a far more conventionnal sound ; although easily recognisable as a member of the 'eels'... Read more
Published on December 8, 2004 by Eoerl
5.0 out of 5 stars have yourself a shootenanny
E and Butch have been producing rock of the finest quality for years. While Souljacker was full fledged rock, in Shootenanny E emerges somehow having found how to mix some rockin'... Read more
Published on September 8, 2004 by Justin Pack
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to snuff with their others.
The songs are great, the lyrics are great, the album is great... just not as great as the others. All of their albums so far have received 5 stars by me, until this one. Read more
Published on June 7, 2004 by Daniel Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Different than other Eels but give it a chance!
With Shootenanny, E seems to have moved away from some of the tinker toy sound effects found on the first 3 albums and gone for what is essentially a bluesy rock vibe. Read more
Published on April 30, 2004 by S. Addison Wilhite
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