Hi ! It's to good to post on the board again. I hope everyone is going well
Finally the new eels album is out ! And I might say I like a lot.
After the all BLAOR process (wich, to me, included the book & the two compilations), Hombre Lobo is the album I expected… and even a little more.
We have enough been told that E have been working on BLAOR for years and, after realising it and speding 4 years trying not to make music it seemed quite logical that the next album would be something recorded very quickly.
Because of that, it reminds Shootenany on several levels, but there's something different here: you can feel that E is hungry of music. As a result, Hombre Lobo has that spontaneous thing that often lacks on studio album. And though this album sounds very familliar, I never heared EELS'songs as naked as they are in Hombre Lobo.
I mean I've been an EELS'fan since Beautifull Freak. And after all these years, I cannot consider studio recordings as the definitive versions anymore. Several songs on EELS'albums were perfect to me on cd until I see a live version that makes me think "Oh my God ! How did E manage to bring this song higher ?"
Nothing in Hombre Lobo seems perfect, finished or polished. All the songs seems to be in an embryonic state, much more than in Shootenany and I really appreciate that. In a certain way, we can say that this album contains the quintessence of the EELS' style.
That why I like Hombre Lobo. I like it the way it was recorded because, for the first time, i have the feeling to see new borned songs, and I can’t wait to see them grow in all the forthcoming tours.
So, of course, this album is a little awkward, maybe some songs diserved to be worked a little more. But I must say that sometimes, defaults are more enjoyable than qualities.
It's not perfect and that what makes Hombre Lobo definitively special and attaching.