|Studio album by Eels|
|Released||August 13, 1996|
|Genre||Alternative rock, indie pop|
|Producer||Jon Brion, E, Mark Goldenberg, Michael Simpson|
|Singles from Beautiful Freak|
Beautiful Freak is 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". The album is produced by E, Jon Brion, Mark Goldenberg and Michael Simpson.
Everett had suggested having a little girl with big eyes on the cover. 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".
The April 14, 1997 German release of the album included a bonus live EP from a BBC recording session.
Ethan Smith of Entertainment Weekly wrote: "The Eels' postgrunge pop melodies and quirky, intelligent production make for catchy modern rock that's miles ahead of the competition. However, singer-guitarist-keyboardist E's attempts at warts-and-all portrayals of urban life come off as a disingenuous, arty pose [...] A little less pretension would get these guys a lot further."
In his retrospective review, James Chrispell of AllMusic wrote: "Concise pop tunes form the backbone of the album, yet tinges of despair and downright meanness surface just when you've been lulled into thinking this is another pop group".
All songs written and composed by Mark Oliver Everett, except as noted.
|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|
|5.||"Not Ready Yet"||Everett, Jon Brion||4:46|
|6.||"My Beloved Monster"||2:13|
|7.||"Flower"||Everett and Jacobsen||3:38|
|11.||"Your Lucky Day in Hell"||Everett, Goldenberg||4:28|
|12.||"Manchild"||Everett, Jill Sobule||4:05|
|German edition bonus disc|
|13.||"Novocaine for the Soul"||Everett, Goldenberg||3:22|
|15.||"My Beloved Mad Monster Party"||2:34|
- "Novocaine For The Soul" contains samples of "Let the Four Winds Blow" by Fats Domino
- "Susan's House" contains sample of "Love Finds Its Own Way" by Gladys Knight & the Pips
- "Guest List" contains sample of "I like it" by The Emotions
- "Flower" contains sample of "I'm Glad You're Mine" by Al Green
- Everett, Mark Oliver (2008). Things the Grandchildren Should Know. Little, Brown. p. 110. ISBN 978-0-316-02787-8.
- "Eels | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved March 24, 2015.
- Chrispell, James. "Beautiful Freak – Eels | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Eels". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
- Smith, Ethan (October 11, 1996). "[Beautiful Freak review]". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 4, 2013.