Following the bleak lyrical fare of his early work, Mark "E" Everett's 10th studio album as Eels finds him in the same cautiously optimistic mood as on 2010's Tomorrow Morning, singing: "I'll tell you what: I'm in a good mood today." Single Peach Blossom recalls the buoyancy of Mr E's Beautiful Blues, as Everett takes time to smell the flowers atop a flatulently distorted guitar riff. Elsewhere, the defiantly positive On the Ropes is as pretty as anything he's recorded, while the title track somehow conspires to sound like a slowed-down disco number. The high quality isn't sustained throughout, but this is another solidly impressive outing.
Phil Mongredien works on the Guardian's opinion desk. He also reviews albums for Q magazine