Daisies of the Galaxy

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Daisies of the Galaxy
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Studio album by Eels
Released February 28, 2000 (2000-02-28)
Recorded 1998, March–May 1999
Genre Indie pop, indie rock[citation needed]
Length 44:18
Label DreamWorks
Producer E
Eels chronology
Electro-Shock Blues
(1998)
Daisies of the Galaxy
(2000)
Souljacker
(2001)
Singles from Daisies of the Galaxy
  1. "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues"
    Released: February 14, 2000
  2. "Flyswatter"
    Released: June 5, 2000
  3. "Jeannie's Diary"
    Released: 2000 (promo)

Daisies of the Galaxy is the third studio album by American band Eels. It was released on February 28, 2000 in the United Kingdom and March 14 in the United States by record label DreamWorks.

Production[edit]

When the band's label requested that a clean version of "It's a Motherfucker" be recorded, the song was re-written as "It's a Monster Trucker", with modified lyrics and sound clips of lead singer Los Angeleno speaking "trucker lingo" on a CB radio.[1]

Release[edit]

"Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" peaked at No. 11 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4/5[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[5]
Melody Maker4/5 stars[6]
NME9/10[7]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin6/10[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

Daisies of the Galaxy received a generally favorable response from critics.

Fred Kovey of PopMatters called it "a fine pop record in an era that seems uninterested in pop unless it’s marketed with dance steps and a quicky [sic] bio. Though not the equal of the best work of Stephen Merritt [sic] or Elliot Smith [sic], Daisies of the Galaxy is worthy of attention by alterna-pop fans and anyone else desperate for catchy music for grown-ups."[12] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic wrote: "Unlike its predecessor, the album doesn't play like [E's] private diary; instead, it feels as if one is rummaging through his sketchbook. And, like many sketchbooks, some moments have blossomed, and others remain just intriguing, unformed ideas. For the dedicated, it's worth sifting through the album to find the keepers, since there are enough moments of quirky genius. But not all longtime fans will find this rewarding, since [E] has spent more time in creating mood than crafting songs. There are very few melodies that resonate like his best work, and the stripped-down, yet eccentric production – sounding much like a cross between Jon Brion and Beck – never feels realized."[2]

In a retrospective review for Stylus Magazine, Ben Woolhead described Daisies of the Galaxy as "a very special collection of songs indeed".[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by E, except as indicated.

  1. "Grace Kelly Blues" – 3:38
  2. "Packing Blankets" – 2:07
  3. "The Sound of Fear" – 3:33
  4. "I Like Birds" – 2:35
  5. "Daisies of the Galaxy" – 3:27
  6. "Flyswatter" – 3:20
  7. "It's a Motherfucker"[a] – 2:14
  8. "Estate Sale" (E, Peter Buck) – 1:36
  9. "Tiger in My Tank" – 3:07
  10. "A Daisy Through Concrete" – 2:26
  11. "Jeannie's Diary" – 3:37
  12. "Wooden Nickels" – 2:55
  13. "Something Is Sacred" – 2:52
  14. "Selective Memory" – 2:44
  15. "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" (E, Michael Simpson) – 3:58 (hidden track)
Japanese bonus track
  1. "Birdgirl on a Cell Phone" – 3:09

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ An edited version of the album was also released on the American market with "It's a Motherfucker" replaced by "It's a Monstertrucker".

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[14] Gold 25,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Q&A: E of the Eels". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Daisies of the Galaxy – Eels". AllMusic. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy". Alternative Press (141): 88. April 2000. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (March 13, 2000). "Daisies of the Galaxy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hilburn, Robert (March 12, 2000). "Reassuring Words About Resilience of the Spirit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy". Melody Maker: 46. February 22, 2000. 
  7. ^ Wirth, Jim (February 17, 2000). "Eels – Daisies Of The Galaxy". NME. Archived from the original on March 3, 2000. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Doyle, Tom (March 2000). "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy". Q (162): 100. Archived from the original on November 21, 2000. Retrieved August 30, 2018. 
  9. ^ Hunter, James (March 30, 2000). "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy [Clean]". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 15, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ Harris, Keith (May 2000). "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy / Supergrass: Supergrass". Spin. 16 (5): 159. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy". Uncut (34): 88. March 2000. 
  12. ^ Kovey, Fred (March 13, 2000). "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy". PopMatters. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ Woolhead, Ben (September 1, 2003). "Eels – Daisies of the Galaxy – On Second Thought – Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2008". Ultratop. Hung Medien. 
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Eels – Daisies of the galaxy". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Daisies of the galaxy in the search field and then press Enter.

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