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The Deconstruction

by Eels
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Following a four-year hiatus, Eels return with The Deconstruction. This highly anticipated record, released via Eworks, is what I would consider to be ‘sophisticated rock music’. To call it simply rock music would be to lump this interesting and exciting album along with the nonsense that the likes of Foo Fighters and Bastille are currently releasing.

The Deconstruction is far more than that and hence my new genre wankery is completely justified. For instance, the title track ‘The Deconstruction’ is an interesting and complex mix of instrumentation and emotion. Singer E’s (real name: Mark Oliver Everett) vocals move effortlessly from a delicate falsetto to a rough growl. Similarly, the percussion parts alternate from gentle snare drum rim-clicks to huge John Bonham-esque drum fills. The result is a diverse track that conveys as much frustration and angst as it does weariness and self-reflection. Crucially, the transitions that occur between these varied themes is slick and consequently they work together as opposed to being a jarring mess.

‘Sophisticated rock music’ is not exactly a household name when it comes to genres. However, Eel’s The Deconstruction contains all the right elements to make it so.



1. The Deconstruction
2. Bone Dry
3. The Quandary
4. Premonition
5. Rusty Pipes
6. The Epiphany
7. Today Is The Day
8. Sweet Scorched Earth
9. Coming Back
10. Be Hurt
11. You Are The Shining Light
12. There I Said It
13. Archie Goodnight
14. The Unanswerable
15. In Our Cathedral


Released: April 2018
Cat: EWORKS1150 / E Works