Album: Eels, Wonderful Glorious (e-works)

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The Independent Culture

Anyone whose familiarity with Eels ends at "Beautiful Freak" or "Novocaine for the Soul" will barely recognise their 14th studio album as the work of the same act.

With Mark "E" Everett sounding grizzled, wracked and raw through a crackly microphone and broken speakers, Wonderful Glorious alternates between distorted rock and freewheeling country-pop interludes. Its finest moment, however, is desolate ballad "True Original".