I didn't want to state the obvious.
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But look at Beautiful Freak, Electro-Shock Blues and Souljacker. The first two, about half of the songs were cowritten with people like Simpson, Jacobsen, Brion, Lang,... his collaborators at the time. Souljacker was almost completely cowritten with Jon Parish, you could say that was an E/Parish album.Don't worry, for the most part I'm on your side of the argument. Nevertheless, Daisies (as well as most of Blinking Lights) is more of an example of E on the height of his powers as a songwriter independet from others. I love ESB and Souljacker and am aware of the part collaborators played in them (and also agree that SJ is a E/Parish album). What I do not think though is that that's where the problem with recent Eels material lies. As I wrote in my previous post, I think it lies within E's lack of motivation and in the worst case ability to leave his newfound comfort zone.
Let him try new stuff. If we don't like it, we don't like it. But maybe we will. Let's see.The thing is I don't think he actually does try new stuff. So the other band members have thrown in some riffs, maybe even melodies - so what? There's nothing extraordinarily new in Wonderful, Glorious's songwriting. Since the trilogy I feel like he's almost making the same album over and over again, only with different instruments (and maybe - if we're luck - a different mood).
Daisies Of The Galaxy is one of my favourite albums, and it was a collaboration with Peter Buck.I think you're mistaken here. Buck is on maybe a few tracks, but Daisies is in no way an "E & Peter Buck" album. He has a songwriting credit only for one single track and that is Estate Sale. In fact, apart from that one and the bonus track, the whole album is written by E on his own. This is why I don't think the weaknesses of the trilogy were the result of a lack of collaboration. E has become too comfortable with what he's doing. He's not challenging himself anymore. Hence the lazy lyrics f.e.
Graham has said they'd record a new album soon, too. I think they will.He also said they didn't (see: NME article). Several times. That's what I mean: Blur are extremely unreliable in their announcements. I'll wait for an official announcement, then it's time for joy.
His 'n' Hers and Different Class were Britpop, but I wouldn't say they were a Britpop band on the whole.Neither were Blur.
I'm pretty sure the only difference is that Noel is quite witty.He also owns a brain and can write a tune.
The Korean word for "seal" is 물개 -- mool gay. The Chinese characters mean "water dog".
So nice picture there, sappy Sally.