Eels ‘Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire’

 

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “That Look You Gave That Guy” by Eels

Eels are capable of bone-chilling, howlin’-at-the-moon, terrifyin’ rock and roll, and when they are in that mode, they are at their very best. But Eels also have a tender side too, as exemplified by this superb ballad from the 2009 album Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs Of Desire.

For those that don’t already know, Eels are the handiwork of one Mark Oliver Everett (aka “E”), and whomever he chooses to work with at any particular time. For Lobo, Everett’s co-conspirators were Koool G Murder on bass and Knuckles on drums. The album came after a four year layoff, and was the first (and best) of a trilogy of three concept albums continuing with his 2010 releases End Times and Tomorrow Morning. Together, the three albums dissected all aspects of love and relationships and while the latter two weren’t consistent, they all featured some really fine music. (Everett also has an interesting backstory, too long to go into here, but can (and should) be investigated in his book Things To Tell The Grandchildren.)

As the album’s subtitle says, Lobo is a study of desire, and was seen as somewhat of a follow up to the song “Dogfaced Boy” from the Eels album Souljacker. In this album, the Dogfaced Boy has grown up and metamorphosed into a hairy beast of a guy, as personified by a werewolf, who comes into contact and has to deal with all kinds of desire.  The werewolf angle of the album’s protagonist was brought to life by the ultra-bushy beard E has been sporting since the record’s release. Hence, today’s Song Of The Day finds our protagonist longing for the loving look that is being bestowed upon another guy.

The album is split between distortion-infused primal rockers that portray animal instincts like “Tremendous Dynamite,” “Prizefighter,” “Fresh Blood” and “What’s A Fella Gotta Do,” and sensitive ballads that take on the human aspect of emotion like “In My Dreams,” “The Longing,” “Ordinary Man” and today’s Song Of The Day.

It’s always a cause for celebration when Eels come to town, and they will be coming back to the Chicago area next month, hot on the heels of a brand new album called Wonderful Glorious!

Eric Berman

 

Track Listing

All songs written by E and Koool G Murder, except where noted

  1. “Prizefighter” – 2:53
  2. “That Look You Give That Guy” – 4:15
  3. “Lilac Breeze” (E) – 2:36
  4. “In My Dreams” – 3:22
  5. “Tremendous Dynamite” – 2:46
  6. “The Longing” (E) – 4:22
  7. “Fresh Blood” – 4:25
  8. “What’s a Fella Gotta Do” – 3:25
  9. “My Timing Is Off” (E) – 2:58
  10. “All the Beautiful Things” (E) – 2:22
  11. “Beginner’s Luck” – 3:37
  12. “Ordinary Man” (E) – 3:15

Personnel

  • E – vocals and guitar
  • Knuckles – drums
  • Koool G Murder – bass guitar

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Here’s Eric Berman’s Song of the Day

Listen to the album in its entirety below.

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