Eels' 'Hombre Lobo' continues to garner critical praise
Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live July 24th; featured on Weekend Edition and Fresh Air
Fresh on the heels of appearances on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” and “Late Night with David Letterman,” EELS will be featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” July 24, 2009 performing a track from their latest record, 'Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire', out now on Vagrant Records.
Released June 2nd, 'Hombre Lobo' debuted at #43 on the Billboard 200 chart surpassing the first week success of its predecessor. In addition to the “Weekend Edition” piece, Hombre Lobo was also featured in a review on NPR’s “Fresh Air” on July 9th.
Reviewer Ken Tucker says of lead singer Mark Oliver Everett (aka E), “Whether he sings in a growl meant to be heard over loud guitars or a high-tenor croon with more gently-strummed instruments, E is a sensitive soul, unafraid to sound yearning.”
Recently The New York Times named Hombre Lobo a “Critic’s Choice” while the Huffington Post raves that the record is “so sharply executed that it’s hard to compliment without outright fawning.” See more critical praise below.
EELS is the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett. The band’s first record since 2005’s critically acclaimed 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations', 'Hombre Lobo' was recorded entirely at E’s studio in Los Angeles with Koool G Murder (bass, keyboards and guitar) and Knuckles (drums and percussion).
“I wanted to write a set of songs about desire,” says E. “That dreadful, intense want that gets you into all sorts of situations that can change your life in big ways.”
E has embarked on a number of projects since the release of 2005’s 'Blinking Lights and Other Revelations'. In 2008 E published his acclaimed autobiography Things the Grandchildren Should Know. Also in 2008 the BBC-produced multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about E and his quantum physicist father Hugh Everett III was broadcast on PBS’ “Nova” series in the U.S.
“All this time during the making of all these other projects, I was always writing and recording music,” says E. “Every time I branch out and try something else, I think it will be some kind of relief to take a break from music. But I always come back with my tail between my legs, because there’s nothing I enjoy more than making music. The other projects have been great experiences for me, but this is what I love to do.”
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EELS, HOMBRE LOBO: 12 SONGS OF DESIRE
“Critic’s Choice” - The New York Times
“Moody rock music with rough edges and tuneful melodies.” - NPR “Weekend Edition”
“Vividly sketched, with the EELS delivering muddy roadhouse rockers. The ballads really shine.” - Rolling Stone
“Like much of E’s work, the album is complicated. It’s both sad and uplifting, dark and humorous, and always worth picking up.” - Associated Press
“Mark Oliver Everett takes his latest album title quite seriously, unleashing predatory howls over distortion-ridden stompers.” - SPIN
“Lean and timeless” 4 stars - MOJO
“There are few songwriters who could handle this material better than E—actually, perhaps there aren’t any.” 4 stars - The Sunday Times
“So sharply executed that it’s hard to compliment without outright fawning.” - Huffington Post