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The Deconstruction

Eels

The Deconstruction

Album number twelve from the California indie rock band led by Mark Oliver Everett produced by Mickey Petralia (Flight of the Conchords, Linkin Park, Beck)

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
E Works
UK Release date
06/04/2018
US Release date
06/04/2018
  1. 9.0 |   American Songwriter

    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
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Guilt, sickness, depression and death have their haunting power acknowledged. The optimism of a songwriter who sees the world’s love and beauty through his own sometimes deep pain rarely falters
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  3. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    The livelier moments on his 12th album include Bone Dry, a clanking rocker dominated by twanging Tarantino-esque guitar, and Today Is the Day, a fast-riffing pop tune
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  4. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    A very welcome return
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Another Eels album - the 12th! - to treasure. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Doesn't deviate wildly from his trusty blueprint, being a mix of rattling '60s-ish pop songs and lovely, aching ballads. As ever, these sweeten the sadness and hard truths of the lyrics. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Predictably overwhelming. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    More staggering works of heartbreaking genius from E and his team. It's all in a day's work, you know...
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  9. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    NEW His choice to put the spotlight on soul-baring and letting his feelings take center stage in such a raw, unaffected way shows how powerful a hold he can have on the listener even when he’s not being eclectic
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  10. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Whilst it’s not the most accessible or immediate of their many studio albums, it boasts an intriguingly open humanity that’s hard to ignore
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  11. 7.0 |   music OMH

    Musically, sparse orchestration is the dominant sound here, but more contemporary influences are never far away
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  12. 6.0 |   The 405

    The pop-rock side of things will appeal to Eels’ fans, while the instrumental depth adds a certain complexity and demonstrates E’s artistic ambition, but the combination of both entails a project that on the whole feels less eccentric and more of a hashed mess
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  13. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    Everett has always been loathe to stand in one place for too long so it's quite possible that we'll see yet another side of him in a matter of months. For now, The Deconstruction is a rather rote and lacklustre return
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  14. 6.0 |   The Music

    Mark Oliver Everett and his ragtag band of Eels are finally back, and they've got quite a lot to say about the universe, God, death and all that other noise
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  15. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The Deconstruction perhaps won’t be quite as inspiring as Eels might have hoped.
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  16. 5.5 |   Under The Radar

    Ultimately there's too many tracks that don't rock, so it falls a bit short of what Eels are capable of
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  17. 5.1 |   Earbuddy

    Bone dry with new ideas
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  18. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The Deconstruction is as well-worn as the dead grass on a makeshift path
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  19. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Deconstruction reduces the complex spectrum of human emotions to mere binaries
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  20. 3.0 |   Pitchfork

    Mark Everett trots out his reflexive self-loathing and elementary rhyme schemes one more time, with no clear reason why
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