The Deconstruction

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The Deconstruction
A stylized matchstick
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 6, 2018 (2018-04-06)
Studio
  • The Compound, Los Feliz, California, U.S.
  • The Pie, Pasadena, California, U.S.
GenreIndie rock
Length42:06
LanguageEnglish
Label
Producer
Eels chronology
Live at Royal Albert Hall
(2015)
The Deconstruction
(2018)

The Deconstruction is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Eels, released on April 6, 2018.[1] The band's twelfth studio release follows a four-year period where front man E took a hiatus from music. The album has garnered favorable reviews.

Recording[edit]

The Deconstruction is the first Eels studio album in four years; frontman E was burnt out after touring and recording with the band's previous releases and considered retiring from music.[2] In the interim, he made a few public performances, acted in the Netflix original series Love,[3] and went through a marriage, divorce, and the birth of his first son.[4][5] Lyrically, the album focuses on compassion and kindness;[3] the song "Archie Goodnight" is written for E's son Archie.[6][7] The songs were recorded sporadically across that time and without the intent of making an album,[6] on E's personal schedule.[8]

Promotion and release[edit]

When the album was announced, the title track was made available for streaming.[1] The band shared "Today Is the Day" on February 8,[9] "Premonition" on March 14,[10] and "Bone Dry" on March 28.[11] A music video for "Bone Dry" was released the same day as the album.[12]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[13]
Review scores
SourceRating
American Songwriter4.5/5 stars[14]
The Arts Desk3/5 stars[15]
Drowned in Sound7/10 stars[16]
Exclaim!6/10 stars[17]
The Irish Times2/5 stars[18]
Pitchfork3/10 stars[19]
Under the Radar5.5/10 stars[20]

The Deconstruction received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 72 based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[13] Under the Radar's Matt the Raven gave the album 5.5 out of 10, praising the album's wit and humor but decrying how long the album is, concluding that the release, "gets off to an energetic start with tracks that rock and inspire, ultimately there's too many tracks that don't rock, so it falls a bit short of what Eels are capable of".[20] Javi Fedrick of The Arts Desk gave the album a mixed review, praising the lush instrumentation but calling it, "disjointed as a whole".[15] In American Songwriter, Hal Horowitz gave the album 4.5 out of five stars, summing up his review, "The album is somewhat of a musical and philosophical rollercoaster. But that’s all in a day’s work for Everett who adds to his already impressive, uncompromising catalog with another expressive, rugged and diverse gem. It’s not always an easy listen but anything worthwhile generally isn’t and kudos to Everett for having the guts and musical fortitude to pull it off... as he always has."[14] In Exclaim!, Ian Gormley gave the album a six out of 10, criticizing the lyrics and summarizing his review, "For now, The Deconstruction is a rather rote and lacklustre return".[17] In a review giving two out of five stars, Dean Van Nguyen of The Irish Times called the album "more of the same", criticizing the release for not adding to Eels' prior albums calling it a "typical Eels record to add to the stack."[18] Pitchfork's Ian Cohen agreed with the pointlessness of the album writing that, "Everett trots out his reflexive self-loathing and elementary rhyme schemes one more time, with no clear reason why" and peppers most of his review with sentences taken directly from previous Pitchfork reviews of Eels albums such as "it leaves little to the imagination for anyone who’s followed Eels to this point" and summarizing "The Deconstruction produces no eccentricity, pop smarts, orchestral creativity, or emotional revelation".[19] Jamie Otsa of Drowned in Sound gave the album a seven out of 10, agreeing that the quality was uneven, calling it, "a confusing jumble of highs and lows that perhaps reflects the chaotic nature of the mind behind the record’s creation" but praising the album's many tonal and mood shifts.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by E.

  1. "The Deconstruction" – 4:10
  2. "Bone Dry" – 3:42
  3. "The Quandary" – 0:54
  4. "Premonition" – 3:12
  5. "Rusty Pipes" – 4:04
  6. "The Epiphany" – 2:18
  7. "Today Is the Day" – 3:03
  8. "Sweet Scorched Earth" – 3:02
  9. "Coming Back" – 0:58
  10. "Be Hurt" – 3:59
  11. "You Are the Shining Light" – 3:39
  12. "There I Said It" – 2:50
  13. "Archie Goodnight" – 0:48
  14. "The Unanswerable" – 2:08
  15. "In Our Cathedral" – 3:19

Personnel[edit]

  • E – guitar, vocals, production
  • Koool G Murder – bass guitar
  • P-Boo – guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums
  • with The Deconstruction Orchestra & Choir

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kaye, Ben (January 17, 2018). "Eels Announce New Album, The Deconstruction, Share Title Track: Stream". Consequence of Sound.
  2. ^ "Eels Star Mr E: I Was Close to Quitting Music for Good". Evening Standard.
  3. ^ a b Trendell, Andrew (April 4, 2018). "Eels Mark 'E' Everett Talks His 'compassionate' New Album – and If He'll Write Another Book". New Musical Express.
  4. ^ Gross, Terry (April 4, 2018). "Eels' Four-Year Break Led to Songs About Falling Apart, Bouncing Back and Being a Dad". Fresh Air. NPR, via WHYY-FM.
  5. ^ Zimmerman, Lee (April 9, 2018). "Mark Oliver Everett and the Reconstruction of Eels". Paste.
  6. ^ a b DiGiacomo, Frank (April 5, 2018). "Eels Frontman on How Fatherhood & Trump Affected His Music and Outlook". Billboard.
  7. ^ Harvilla, Rob (April 13, 2018). "The Eels Are Still Doing the Best They Can". The Ringer.
  8. ^ Murray, Robin (April 12, 2018). "Today Is the Day: Mr. E's Deconstructed Blues". Clash.
  9. ^ Serota, Maggie (February 8, 2018). "Eels – "Today Is the Day"". Spin.
  10. ^ Gaca, Anna (March 14, 2018). "Eels – "Premonition"". Spin.
  11. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 28, 2018). "Eels – "Bone Dry"". Stereogum.
  12. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (April 6, 2018). "Eels Unveil an Incredible Animated Video for 'Bone Dry' – Premiere". The Independent.
  13. ^ a b "Reviews for The Deconstruction by Eels". Metacritic. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  14. ^ a b Horowitz, Hal (April 4, 2018). "Eels: The Deconstruction". American Songwriter.
  15. ^ a b Fedrick, Javi the (March 31, 2018). "CD: Eels – The Deconstruction". The Arts Desk.
  16. ^ a b Otsa, Jamie (April 17, 2018). "Eels – The Deconstruction". Drowned in Sound.
  17. ^ a b Gormley, Ian (April 5, 2018). "Eels The Deconstruction". Exclaim!.
  18. ^ a b Nguyen, Dean Van (April 6, 2018). "Eels – The Deconstruction Review: More of the Same". The Irish Times.
  19. ^ a b Cohen, Ian (April 12, 2018). "Eels: The Deconstruction". Pitchfork Media.
  20. ^ a b Raven, Matt the (March 30, 2018). "Eels: The Deconstruction (E Works/PIAS) Review". Under the Radar.
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  28. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 15 (dal 2018-04-06 al 2018-04-12)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
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