Shootenanny! Irony and cleverness, once the Eels' primary refuges, are starting to give way to more resilient traits on the band's fifth album. Though head Eel… Shootenanny! Irony and cleverness, once the Eels' primary refuges, are starting to give way to more resilient traits on the band's fifth album. Though head Eel… 2003-06-03 Eels
Music Review

Shootenanny! (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jun 03, 2003; Lead Performance: Eels

Irony and cleverness, once the Eels' primary refuges, are starting to give way to more resilient traits on the band's fifth album. Though head Eel Mark Everett hasn't entirely exorcised the wise guy within, Shootenanny! is downright moving at its best. It offers the Eels' usual twisted take on California pop-rock, with more prominent blues voicings to complement the scrappy guitars and narcotized atmospherics. But this time, the underlying emotions wail (''Agony''), swoon (''The Good Old Days''), and rhapsodize (''Somebody Loves You'') with sincerity.

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints