With Souljacker, the fourth Eels studio album, Everett again shuffles his creative deck. From the Unabomber-with-a-puppy cover art to the Beck-like, hip-pop cacophony within, it's clear that Everett has reconciled the losses that led to the melancholy ruminations of Electro-Shock Blues in 1998 and its slightly more uplifting 2000 follow-up, Daisies of the Galaxy. E co-writes nearly everything with U.K. multi-instrumentalist John Parish, resulting in an album that sets its angst and anger to a soundtrack that blends classic pop and hip-hop folkadelica.
Granted, Souljacker might surprise some recent converts to the Eels' bleak pop canvas, but longtime E fans will understand the shift without a second notice.
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