Beautiful Freak

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Beautiful Freak
Studio album by Eels
Released August 13, 1996 (1996-08-13)
Recorded 1996 (1996)
Genre Indie pop, alternative rock, trip hop
Length 43:53
Language English
Label DreamWorks
Producer Jon Brion, E, Mark Goldenberg, Mike Simpson
Eels chronology
Beautiful Freak
Electro-Shock Blues
Singles from Beautiful Freak
  1. "Novocaine for the Soul"
    Released: February 3, 1996 (1996-02-03)
  2. "Susan's House"
    Released: May 5, 1996 (1996-05-05)
  3. "Rags to Rags"
    Released: 1996 (1996)
  4. "Your Lucky Day in Hell"
    Released: September 1, 1996 (1996-09-01)
  5. "Beautiful Freak"
    Released: 1997 (1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]

Beautiful Freak is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Eels. It was released on 13 August 1996 and was the first record released by DreamWorks Records. It was largely the solo work of musician Mark Oliver Everett, and is his first album using the full band name Eels in an attempt to get the records in the same general location in the stores as his previous works under the name "E".[4] The album peaked at number 5 on the UK Albums Chart.

Album cover[edit]

Everett had suggested having a little girl with big eyes on the cover.[citation needed] The girl that came in to have her picture taken, Elle Brosh, incidentally looked "like a miniature Susan" to Everett, a girlfriend of his a few years before and the subject of the song "Susan's House".[4]


The April 14, 1997 German release of the album included a bonus live EP from a BBC recording session.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mark Oliver Everett, except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Novocaine for the Soul"   Everett, Mark Goldenberg 3:08
2. "Susan's House"   Everett, Jim Jacobsen, Jim Weatherly 3:43
3. "Rags to Rags"     3:53
4. "Beautiful Freak"     3:34
5. "Not Ready Yet"   Everett, Jon Brion 4:46
6. "My Beloved Monster"     2:13
7. "Flower"   Everett and Jacobsen 3:38
8. "Guest List"     3:13
9. "Mental"     4:01
10. "Spunky"     3:11
11. "Your Lucky Day in Hell"   Everett, Goldenberg 4:28
12. "Manchild"   Everett, Jill Sobule 4:05


Additional musicians


  1. ^ Chrispell, James. "Beautiful Freak – Eels : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Eels". Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ Smith, Ethan (October 11, 1996). "[Beautiful Freak review]". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Everett, Mark Oliver (2008). Things the Grandchildren Should Know. Little, Brown. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-316-02787-8. 

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