Eels – Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire

Mark Everett’s back catalogue as Eels is, on the whole, a heart-on-sleeve collection – from the trauma and desperation of Electro-Shock Blues, to the epic introspection of his magnum opus, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. Although Hombre Lobo is a concept album, Everett’s troubled psyche is rarely far from the surface. The protagonist’s (Hombre Lobo means ‘werewolf’) self-appraisal oscillates from world-beater (Prize Fighter) to deadbeat (What’s A Fella Gotta Do) at the drop of a hat. Alongside E’s penchant for mood swings, he retains an ear for devastatingly simple, charming songs (My Timing Is Off). Gone are the sweeping strings of Blinking Lights; sometimes Everett sounds like he’s singing from under his bed. There are few bands that could make such a “regression” successfully, but the lo-fi production amplifies the childlike marvel in Eels’ songs. And while it may not scale the lofty heights of its predecessor, Hombre Lobo is an endearing addition to the archive.

3/5
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2 thoughts on “Eels – Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire

  1. Ally Brown says:

    this is finely written Finbarr!

  2. Cashdee says:

    I find the fella too intriguing not to give her a blast benj

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