Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review Wednesday by Belle

Things the Grandchildren Should Know
by Mark Oliver Everett

Review by Belle

I really, really liked this book. Everett, aka E, is the genius behind Eels, a band responsible for two of my favourite songs of all time. Everett’s life has been crazily tragic, yet he tells his story in a way that celebrates life rather than begs pity (without making you gag with its positivity). It’s simply but powerfully written; in no way is it emotionally manipulative, but I laughed, cheered, cried, grumbled and, ultimately, celebrated along with him.

Understanding the inspiration behind Everett’s lyrics has made me adore his songs all the more (Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) is one perfect example), and understanding how much work goes into arranging the song order on an album has made me repent of often picking out my favourites rather than listening through from start to finish. This book left me feeling happy. If you haven't yet met Eels, open up grooveshark and introduce yourself immediately. And then read this book.

Thanks for the tip, Belle. I'm only vaguely little familiar with Eels, maybe I'll track an album down. Check out Belle's Elbows.


ALaird said...

Re the Eels Ben, start with Electro Shock Blues:)

Anonymous said...

I agree, ALaird! Although it's a sweeter album than later ones - Souljacker's rockier, if that's your thing...

Anonymous said...

P.S. The sound in the 'Hey Man' video is weird - don't let it turn you off the band!

Ben McLaughlin said...

I've taken note, Lairdy!

Belle, yeah I listened to the proper version. Sounded good. Fun clip idea too!