The Deconstruction


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)

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  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

    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 |   Clash

    Feels like a career-straddling greatest hits collection in which all the ‘hits’ are brand new
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  11. 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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  12. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Musically, sparse orchestration is the dominant sound here, but more contemporary influences are never far away
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The Deconstruction perhaps won’t be quite as inspiring as Eels might have hoped.
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  17. 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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  18. 5.1 |   Earbuddy

    Bone dry with new ideas
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  19. 4.0 |   The Irish Times

    The Deconstruction is as well-worn as the dead grass on a makeshift path
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  20. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Deconstruction reduces the complex spectrum of human emotions to mere binaries
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  21. 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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