The Eels: “Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire”
The titles say it all. In 2005, Mark Everett—or E, as he prefers being called—released an album under his Eels banner called Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, and it was exactly what its grandiose title suggested: An album that was both epic and revelatory, a sprawling double-discer in which our grizzled hero confronted head-on the death of his parents, by means of childhood reflection and sober-minded acceptance of life’s fragility. Four years later, he’s back with a set called Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire, and if the title is just as long, it’s also stranger and funnier and a bit less sweeping. The album itself is much the same way: It’s shorter—just one disc this time—and more concerned with matters primal and carnal. Blinking Lights was epic pop, but Hombre, with its werewolf-referencing title, is a dirty, raucous garage sound, pitching its tent closer to gothic blues than to Thriller-styled kitsch but maintaining a winking sense of humor nevertheless.
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