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
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Melody Maker 4/5 stars[6]
NME 9/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 6/10[10]
Uncut 4/5 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".

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. ^ "Daisies Of The Galaxy". NME. February 19, 2000. Retrieved June 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Eels: Daisies of the Galaxy". Q (162): 100. March 2000. 
  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. 

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