Beautiful Freak The Eels' postgrunge pop melodies and quirky, intelligent production make for catchy modern rock that's miles ahead of the competition. However, singer-guitarist-keyboardist E's attempts at… Beautiful Freak The Eels' postgrunge pop melodies and quirky, intelligent production make for catchy modern rock that's miles ahead of the competition. However, singer-guitarist-keyboardist E's attempts at… Eels
Music Review

Beautiful Freak (1996)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Eels

The Eels' postgrunge pop melodies and quirky, intelligent production make for catchy modern rock that's miles ahead of the competition. However, singer-guitarist-keyboardist E's attempts at warts-and-all portrayals of urban life come off as a disingenuous, arty pose in Beautiful Freak. A little less pretension would get these guys a lot further.

Originally posted Oct 11, 1996 Published in issue #348 Oct 11, 1996 Order article reprints
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