Souljacker

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Souljacker
Studio album by Eels
Released September 19, 2001 (2001-09-19)
Recorded 2001
Genre Indie rock
Length 40:35
Language English
Label DreamWorks
Producer E and John Parish
Eels chronology
Daisies of the Galaxy
(2000)
Souljacker
(2001)
Shootenanny!
(2003)
Singles from Souljacker
  1. "Souljacker part I"
    Released: September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10)

Souljacker is a studio album from Eels released on September 19, 2001 in Japan, September 24, 2001 in the United Kingdom, September 2001 in Canada, and March 12, 2002 in the United States. The American release was delayed due to the lack of "radio-friendly singles" record companies wanted.

Unlike some of Everett's other albums, most notably Electro-Shock Blues, Souljacker is mostly based on stories of outsiders rather than on Everett's own life.[1] Characters were inspired from various sources, including circus freaks ("Dog Faced Boy") and a recording engineer with an abusive past ("Bus Stop Boxer"). German director Wim Wenders called "Woman Driving, Man Sleeping" his favorite Eels song and he used it in the segment he directed for Ten Minutes Older. Wenders directed the video for "Souljacker part I", which reached #30 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] The second track on the album, "That's Not Really Funny", was used as the theme tune to all three series of the BBC's animated comedy, Monkey Dust.

The strings used in the song "Fresh Feeling" were sampled from another Eels song, "Selective Memory" from Daisies of the Galaxy.

"Fresh Feeling" was featured in the season 1 episode "My Hero" of the NBC show Scrubs, as well as the season 1 episode "Chuck Versus the Truth" of the NBC show Chuck.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]
NME 7/10[4]
Pitchfork 4.9/10[5]
PopMatters favorable[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]

Souljacker received a generally favorable reception from critics, with several reviewers comparing the album's sound to that of Beck.[2]

PopMatters wrote, "Souljacker is as strong as any of Eels previous albums, but even crawling through the muck there is a lot more joy and life here than heard before."[6] NME wrote, "'Souljacker''s songs rock harder than most of E's nu metal enemies. But what's really terrifying is that E's just warming up. The next album will be a killer – and probably feature one on backing vocals."[4]

Pitchfork was critical, writing, "Beyond the melodies that don't stick in my head and the beats that don't make me want to dance, the only real problem with Souljacker [...] is that it just seems like an underachievement."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by E; additional writers in brackets.

  1. "Dog Faced Boy" (John Parish) – 3:17
  2. "That's Not Really Funny" (Parish) – 3:19
  3. "Fresh Feeling" (Koool G Murder) – 3:37
  4. "Woman Driving, Man Sleeping" (Parish) – 3:30
  5. "Souljacker part I" (Butch and Adam Siegel) – 3:15
  6. "Friendly Ghost"  – 3:22
  7. "Teenage Witch" (Parish) – 4:44
  8. "Bus Stop Boxer" (Parish) – 3:42
  9. "Jungle Telegraph"  – 3:39
  10. "World of Shit" (Parish) – 3:29
  11. "Souljacker part II"  – 1:58
  12. "What Is This Note?" (Parish) – 2:28

Bonus discs[edit]

22 Miles of Hard Road
Released in the United Kingdom
  1. "I Write the B-Sides" – 3:55
  2. "Hidden Track" – 4:25
  3. "Jehovah's Witness" (Parish) – 3:39
  4. "Mr. E's Beautiful Remix" (Butch 'n' Joey Remix) – 3:53
Rotten World Blues
Released in the United States
  1. "I Write the B-Sides" – 3:55
  2. "Hidden Track" – 4:25
  3. "Jehovah's Witness" (Parish) – 3:39
  4. "Rotten World Blues" – 2:44

Personnel[edit]

Eels
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everett, Mark Oliver (2008). Things the Grandchildren Should Know. Little, Brown. ISBN 978-0-316-02787-8. 
  2. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Souljacker – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ DiGravina, Tim. "Souljacker – Eels : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Paine, Andre (September 26, 2001). "NME Album Reviews – Eels : Souljacker – nme.com". nme.com. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (May 21, 2002). "Eels: Souljacker | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Jamieson, Robert (March 29, 2002). "Eels: Souljacker | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Kemp, Mark (March 1, 2002). "Souljacker : Eels : Review : Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 

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