Eels – Daisies of the Galaxy

ARTIST: Eels                             220px-eels-daisies_of_the_galaxy

TITLE:  Daisies of the Galaxy

YEAR RELEASED: 2000

CHART ACTION: #8 UK

SINGLES: Mr. E’s Beautiful Blies (#11 UK), Flyswatter (#55 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not unless you’re a fan.

LINEUP: Mark Everett, Jonathan Norton, David Alvarez, Peter Buck, Grant-Lee Phillips

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Firmly established as a “cult artist” in the US, Mark Everett makes his own kinda record, varied, complex and fruitful.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Full of nuggets from all aspects of pop music, filled with eclectic instrumental stylings, and loaded with Mark Everett’s imagery, the third album by his Eels incarnation wasn’t going to be commercial, not in the US, but it was quite rewarding.

Everett didn’t create a song cycle this time, but he filled each song with personal reflections and imagery that still spoke to him and let his fans in on what he was thinking.

A lot of the songs are majestic and orchestral. Traditional pop, not pop-rock. It works.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues”, the UK hit, was originally a hidden track, and not listed.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: A Japanese bonus track, of course

GRADE: A:  Another great record from Everett, who lets everyone in to his soul a bit.

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