Eels – formed in 1995 and writing ever since – have massed a sizeable discography over their 22 years. As a result, whilst their collection contains some brilliant tracks, it can be hard to find your way around. Is the band’s work best currently, or was it best back in the late 90’s? Is it worth listening to Eels at all? This post will answer these questions through the medium of a Spotify playlist. Below is a user-made ‘best-of’ for Eels, arguably one of the best bands to form in the 1990’s. Press play, and then have a read of the notes below.
This playlist has been created in chronological order however, i’d recommend you choose to ‘shuffle’ as Eels’ style does tend to differ between albums, and it would be a shame to form a judgement based on just a single album.
You will notice there is a mix of live and studio tracks. This is to highlight that Eels tend to heavily produce their studio albums, and that their live performances can almost seem like an entirely new song.
Finally, there is a single track which features twice on the playlist: ‘My Beloved Monster’. This is for two reasons. Firstly, ‘My Beloved Monster’ is one of Eels’ most popular tracks (assisted by its appearance in Shrek), and secondly, the live track is arguably an improvement on what could already be considered a classic. Note the differences in vocals between the two, and decide which version you prefer.
For your pleasure, attached below is a full-length radio set performed by Eels on KCRW. Once you feel you’ve had your fill of the playlist, I recommend watching this. Highlighting the difference between live and studio Eels, but also the wide range of instruments they use in their music, this set is one of the best I’ve watched on the KCRW page.
I hope you enjoy these offerings. If you feel anything his been neglected in this article, post a comment!
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