Shootenanny!

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Shootenanny!
A black background with "EELS" written in gold and "SHOOTENANNY!" written in white.
Studio album by Eels
Released June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)
Recorded November 2002
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Length 43:19
Label DreamWorks
Producer E
Eels chronology
Souljacker
(2001)
Shootenanny!
(2003)
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
(2005)

Shootenanny! /ˈʃtənæni/ is the fifth studio album by American indie pop band Eels, released in 2003 by record label DreamWorks.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded in November 2002 live in the studio, with minimal production.[1]

Content[edit]

The album's name comes from a neologism coined by Eels front-man Mark Oliver Everett for "a social gathering at which participants engage in folk singing and sometimes dancing [a hootenanny], but mostly the shooting of guns."[citation needed]

Release[edit]

"Saturday Morning" was released as a promotional single with the B-sides "Her", "Waltz of the Naked Clowns", and "Sad Foot Sign".

Shootenanny! was released on June 3, 2003 by record label DreamWorks. The album peaked at number 145 on the Billboard 200.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (dud)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[7]
Hot Press favorable[8]
Pitchfork 2.8/10[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Stylus 6.3/10[11]
Trouser Press generally favorable[12]

Shootenanny! received a generally favorable response, though some critics were divided.[3]

Greg Kot of Entertainment Weekly called the album "downright moving at its best".[6] A negative review came from Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork, who wrote: "Musically and lyrically, E is spent – out of ideas, out of innovation, unable to cough up anything but by-the-numbers pop in the fourteen originals he wrote for this disc."[9] Dom Passantino of Stylus opined that the album "suffers from a lack of identity".[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by E, except as noted.

  1. "All in a Day's Work" (E, Koool G Murder) – 3:24
  2. "Saturday Morning" (E, Koool G Murder) – 2:55
  3. "The Good Old Days" – 3:03
  4. "Love of the Loveless" – 3:32
  5. "Dirty Girl" – 2:41
  6. "Agony" – 3:07
  7. "Rock Hard Times" (E, Joe Gore) – 4:00
  8. "Restraining Order Blues" – 3:11
  9. "Lone Wolf" – 2:37
  10. "Wrong About Bobby" – 2:46
  11. "Numbered Days" (E, Gore) – 3:44
  12. "Fashion Awards" – 3:07
  13. "Somebody Loves You" – 3:02

Personnel[edit]

Eels
Additional personnel
Technical personnel

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Agony" was used on the soundtrack of the SyFy TV show Stargate Universe in the 17th episode of the first season.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyman, Nick (October 1, 2003). "E of Eels". Under the Radar. Retrieved November 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eels – Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Shootenanny! Reviews – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shootenanny! – Eels | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Eels". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Kot, Greg (June 6, 2003). "[Shootenanny! review]". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Peschek, David (May 30, 2003). "CD: Eels: Shootenanny | Music | The Guardian". The Guardian. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ Murphy, Peter (June 5, 2003). "[Shootenanny! review]". Hot Press. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Dahlen, Chris (May 22, 2003). "Eels: Shootenanny! | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ Fine, Jason (June 12, 2003). "[Shootenanny! review]". Rolling Stone (924). Archived from the original on May 24, 2003. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Passantino, Dom (July 21, 2003). "Stylus Magazine". Stylus. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ Zwirn, Michael. "TrouserPress.com :: Eels". TrouserPress.com. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ Stargate Universe Music - Season 1: "Pain" - TuneFind

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