Hombre Lobo

Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire[1] is the seventh studio album by American rock band Eels, released on June 2, 2009. Hombre Lobo is Spanish for "werewolf." On March 31, 2009, the band made the track "Fresh Blood" available on Spinner.com,[2] explaining that the song would be the lead single for the album. A documentary entitled Tremendous Dynamite was filmed to document the recording of the album.[3] The cover art is a tribute to the famous Cuban cigar brand Cohiba.

Hombre Lobo
Eels - Hombre Lobo.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 2, 2009 (2009-06-02)
RecordedOneHitsville, U.S.A.; Los Feliz; California; United States
LabelE Works/Vagrant
Eels chronology
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
Hombre Lobo
End Times
Singles from Hombre Lobo
  1. "My Timing Is Off"/"Fresh Blood"
    Released: April 26, 2009


The songs form a concept album about desire.[citation needed] As E explained "I wanted to write a set of songs about desire. That dreadful, intense want that gets you into all sorts of situations that can change your life in big ways."[4] In part, the album was inspired by E's facial hair[5] and written as a sequel to the Souljacker song "Dog Faced Boy."[6] The character of "Dog Faced Boy" has grown up into a werewolf and is the protagonist who experiences various types of desire throughout the songs.[7] In an interview with NPR on June 6, 2009, Eels' frontman Mark Oliver Everett stated "That Look You Give That Guy" is his favorite song from the album.[8]

In contrast to the lush double album that was 2005's Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, Everett tried to compose more straightforward rock songs for Hombre Lobo.[9]

Hombre Lobo is the first in a trilogy of three concept albums continuing with the 2010 albums End Times and Tomorrow Morning.[citation needed]

Release historyEdit

The album was released as a single CD in Europe on Polydor/Vagrant, an enhanced CD with the Tremendous Dynamite documentary in the United States through E Works/Vagrant,[10] a deluxe edition CD with a DVD, and a limited-edition vinyl LP with gold embossing with a print run of 2,000. It is also sold digitally from the iTunes Store; pre-ordered copies receive a copy of the music video for "Prizefighter."[4]


Prior to the album's release, Eels promoted it with music videos for "Fresh Blood" (premiered April 29),[11] "That Look You Give That Guy" (May 14),[12] "Prizefighter", and "In My Dreams" (July 7).[13] The band also briefly used a Twitter account to generate hype for the album.[14]

The live EP The Myspace Transmissions Session 2009 was also released to promote the album.

"Fresh Blood" was used in the June 2010 trailer for the 3rd season of HBO's "True Blood, as well as the ending credits of episode 11, Season 3." It was also used as the closing song for the season 6 premiere episode of FX's series "Rescue Me." It was also used as the theme song for the HBO Docu-Series "The Jinx".

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic     [16]
The Guardian     [17]
Mojo     [18]
Pitchfork Media4.6/10[19]
PopMatters     [20]
Record Collector     [21]
Spin     [22]
Sputnikmusic     [23]
The Times     [24]
Uncut     [25]

The album has a score of 70/100 on Metacritic, indicating "generally positive reviews."[26] One negative review of the album came from Pitchfork Media, who gave the album 4.6 out of 10.[19]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by E and Kelly Logsdon, except where noted

  1. "Prizefighter" – 2:53
  2. "That Look You Give That Guy" – 4:15
  3. "Lilac Breeze" (E) – 2:36
  4. "In My Dreams" – 3:22
  5. "Tremendous Dynamite" – 2:46
  6. "The Longing" (E) – 4:22
  7. "Fresh Blood" – 4:25
  8. "What's a Fella Gotta Do" – 3:25
  9. "My Timing Is Off" (E) – 2:58
  10. "All the Beautiful Things" (E) – 2:22
  11. "Beginner's Luck" – 3:37
  12. "Ordinary Man" (E) – 3:15




Sales chart performanceEdit

Chart (2009) Peak position
ARIA Charts (Australia) 35[27]
Austrian album charts 42[27]
Belgian Album Chart (Flanders) 1[27]
Belgian Album Chart (Wallonia) 43[27]
Billboard 200 (United States) 43[28]
Chart (Canada) 10[29]
European Top 100 Albums 20[30]
Irish Recorded Music Association 24[31]
MegaCharts (The Netherlands) 37[27]
Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (France) 59[27]
Swiss Charts 10[27]
Top Independent Albums 6[32]
UK Albums Chart 18[33]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[34] Gold 15,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  16. ^ Thom Jurek (2009-06-04). "Hombre Lobo: Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-06-04.
  17. ^ Dave Simpson (2009-05-29). "Review of Hombre Lobo". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  18. ^ James McNair (2009). "Review of Hombre Lobo". Mojo.
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  22. ^ Lindsay Thomas (2009-06-02). "Eels — Hombre Loco Album Review". Spin. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
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  25. ^ Andrew Mueller (2009). "Review of Hombre Lobo". Uncut.
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  28. ^ Gil Kaufman (2009-06-10). "Dave Matthews Band Jam To Billboard #1". MTV. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  29. ^ Chris Burland (2009-06-30). "Grizzly Bear At #1 For Third Week". Chart. Archived from the original on 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  30. ^ "Hombre Lobo: European Top 100 Albums". Billboard. 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-06-17.[dead link]
  31. ^ "Top 100 Individual Artist Albums". Irish Recorded Music Association. 2009-06-11. Archived from the original on 2005-04-17. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
  32. ^ "Artist Chart History — Eels". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  33. ^ "Top 100 Albums Chart :: Chart Week Ending Date 13/06/09". UK Albums Chart. 2009-06-13. Archived from the original on 2008-11-02. Retrieved 2009-06-12.
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