Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2 June 2003
EELS MAINSTAY E is a misunderstood man. Even his name is misunderstood – E apparently being Mark Oliver Everett's childhood nickname (all his friends were called Mark); not, as commonly thought, a pretentiously artsy appendage for an eccentric master of twinkling lo-fi. It's an easy mistake to make though. Like, the assumption that 1998's spectacularly miserable Electro-shock Blues album, inspired by the death of his mother from cancer, was depressing. According to E, it was actually the most positive and up lifting album he'll ever make. So there.
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