The A$AP Mob member’s second album is personal and poppy, and features a guest spot from his mum
Eels - 'Wonderful, Glorious'
Righteous return mixes melancholy with upbeat swagger
After the spirit-broken ‘End Times’ and the sparse ‘Tomorrow Morning’, it’s exhilarating to hear E backed up by his old gang. Outlandishly named guitarists The Chet and P-Boo, bass player Koool G Murder and drummer Knuckles all contributed to the songwriting, and the result is something less confessional but more righteous than Eels have sounded in years. Tracks like ‘Kinda Fuzzy’ and ‘New Alphabet’ positively swagger.
That’s not to say the album doesn’t have the odd moment of elegiac melancholy. ‘Accident Prone’ and ‘True Original’ ache with real sadness. E’s tragedy-filled life has been well documented, so part of the triumph of this record is just how upbeat he sounds while talking about everything from love and loss to mortality itself. The title track is the album’s cracked heart; a love song to positivity. “A wretch like me can make it through”, E sings, and it rings so true you’ll thank God the quiet life wasn’t for him.
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