The album is far from a one-man show, however, with a full band providing a backdrop markedly more dynamic and loose than in other recent Eels albums. The difference is immediately noticeable on the brilliant opening track Bombs Away, which boldly races along with a swaggering belligerence. The sweet love song (and promotional single) Peach Blossom is a perfect illustration of the busy yet engaging ambiance, its crunching guitars bouncing off pretty melodies, shuffling rhythms and Everett’s coolly spoken-word vocals. It’s a masterly exercise in making the bustling energy seem endearingly simple.
My review of the new Eels album is up at MusicOMH. It’s pretty darned good.