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Dr. Hugh Everett III, Ph.D., was what Scientific American magazine calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." A quantum physicist who authored The Many Worlds Theory, Everett inspired countless science fiction books, movies and Star Trek episodes with the concept of parallel universes. As a young teenager he exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, debating ... Read more in Amazon's Eels Store

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  • Audio CD (25 April 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0008JF5US
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,345 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Theme From Blinking Lights (Album Version) 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. From Which I Came / A Magic World (Album Version) 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Son Of A Bitch (Album Version) 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. In The Yard, Behind The Church (Album Version) 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. The Other Shoe (Album Version) 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Last Time We Spoke (Album Version) 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mother Mary (Album Version) 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Going Fetal (Album Version) 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Understanding Salesman (Album Version) 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Theme For A Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists (Album Version) 2:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Checkout Blues (Album Version) 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Blinking Lights (For You) (Album Version) 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Listen  2. Old Shit / New Shit (Album Version) 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bride of Theme From Blinking Lights (Album Version) 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart (Album Version) 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To Lick Your Boots (Album Version) 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. If You See Natalie (Album Version) 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Dusk:A Peach In The Orchard (Album Version) 1:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Whatever Happened To Soy Bomb 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ugly Love (Album Version) 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. God's Silence (Album Version) 1:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Losing Streak (Album Version) 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Last Days Of My Bitter Heart (Album Version) 1:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Stars Shine In The Sky Tonight (Album Version) 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Things The Grandchildren Should Know (Album Version) 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The new Eels album, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, is a two disc set about "God and all the questions related to the subject of God," says its creator, E. A homemade epic, it's an imaginative, emotional reflection on the condition of living, recorded mostly in Everett's Los Angeles basement over a period of several years. Sprawling over its two discs are songs about faith, responsibility, growing up, dignity, disappointment, comfort, hope and renewal.

Echoes of Everett's Virginia youth are heard during a fever-dreamed summer night's picnic inside the Civil War-era graveyard near his family's house ("In the Yard, Behind the Church), while the engineer of a dying travel industry laments the long gone Washington & Old Dominion Railroad that once ran nearby ("Railroad Man").

Finally completed in 2004, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations rides a wide aural spectrum of sometimes disparate, ghostly sounds--from the saxophone sextet gospel of "Son Of A Bitch," to the surf-rock operatic wail of "Old Shit/New Shit." There's the apocalyptic fire and brimstone of "The Other Shoe," and then there's the Jackie Wilson-in-cyberspace existential celebration of "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)." The album is full of unusual instrumentation and some notable guest stars. One song ("Last Time We Spoke") features Everett's hound dog, Bobby, Jr., howling a lonesome solo. A few songs later, Eels-fan-turned-collaborator Tom Waits cries a solo--literally--("Going Fetal"). Later, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck (making his second appearance on an Eels album) plays dobro, guitar and bass (the Buck co-written "To Lick Your Boots"), and on an album that prominently features the autoharp on several songs, it's exciting to know that the king of rock & roll autoharp, The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian, makes a rare appearance, playing autoharp on one track ("Dusk: A Peach In The Orchard," co-written by Sebastian).

It may have taken several years for Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, to write and record Blinking Lights and Other Revelations, but the end result is no less than a masterpiece. At two discs and 33 tracks, it’s a veritable epic, but when your topic is no less than life itself, it’s good to have a bit of space to work in. This is a grown-up album about being a grown-up, and in the years it took to create, Everett has done a lot of growing up, and dealt with a lot of tragedy: his mother died of cancer, his sister committed suicide, and his cousin was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. With all that, it’s almost a wonder that Blinking Lights doesn’t lose itself totally to melancholy. Sure, there’s an overarching sense of sadness to this album (culminating in the beautiful and painful "If You See Natalie"), but tracks like "Hey Man", "Trouble with Dreams" and "Going Fetal" (the latter featuring Tom Waits) all display a hopeful exuberance and contagious optimism. It may be a lot to take in over a single listen, but Blinking Lights and Other Revelations is well worth the effort. It’s a remarkable achievement. --Robert Burrow

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
After Shootenanny, which I personally feel is their worst album to date, lacking the immediacy of Beautiful Freak or Daisies of the Galaxy, the sheer unadulterated excellence of Electro Shock Blues or quirky, fuzzy rock sensibilities of Souljacker, I was concerned as to how this one would turn out. I needn't have been, the latest Eels album is a triumph.
From the toe-tapping catchiness of Going Fetal on disc one and its compatriot Hey man (Now You're Really Living) on disc two, to the melancholy of 'If you see Natalie' the double album is packed with excellent and catchy tunes.
On the flipside, there is a lot of what could maybe be described as 'filler' and some of the songs may sound extremely familiar to Eels fans. I admit to getting a feeling of de ja vu when listening to Blinking Lights, certain tracks seeming to echo songs present on other older Eels albums. Overall however it's only a minor issue and not enough to detract from a truly excellent album.
This has been described elsewhere as E's masterpiece and for once it's right to believe the hype.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jase on 15 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Mark "E" Everett has had to endure a lot of personal loss and grief over the years. It's always been a credit to him that he's always been able to transform this misery into enthralling and inspiring music.
Blinking Lights may just be his best work yet. Written over the course of seven years, this album more than any of his others offers the scope to cover many of his personal tragedies. As a result, it's a double-disc 33 track sprawling epic, touching upon a number of events in Everett's life, both from childhood, and more recent times.
On the first listen, much of the album washes over you, with many of the tracks sounding vaguely similar. Musically, this is pitched somewhere between the first two eels albums, featuring some of the big tunes of Beautiful Freak, as well as some of the stark minimalism of Electro-Shock Blues, and the auto-harp is prevalent throughout. With subsequent listens, however, the subtle variation of the tracks takes hold, and the album truly opens up to you.
Considering all that's happened to Everett, there's a remarkable optimism here. Going Fetal, Old Shit/New Shit and Hey Man (now you're really living) are genuinely cheery moments, whilst the lilting A Magic World is an inspiration. Meanwhile, the excellent Trouble With Dreams sounds like the lost brother to Flyswatter from Daisies of The Galaxy.
Lyrically, we're on fairly familiar territory, with the wry humour of tracks such as Son Of A Bitch mixed with a charming, almost childish naivety on tracks such as Blinking Lights For Me ("and the doctor in the sky, gonna bring his chopper down, gonna bring me out alive").
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By FrankGouldPI on 17 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
First off, no it's not Electro Shock blues, but nothing else ever will be. No one could write something like that twice and survive. This is bigger. If electro shock is about a bad time in life (most of its songs are about moments and they form part of a strict narrative), this is about life, all of it, vast and rambling. It's an album I've owned for a few weeks now, and I still haven't got my head around it, but it is nothing less than fantastic. Simply put there are few artists out there who could produce a double CD that wouldn't be a simple vanity project; E is one of them.
Highlights are of course Old xxxx/New xxxx, Hey Man (the most uplifting song he has ever written) and Lick your Boots, but it includes many smaller gems in its glittering hoard (If you see Natalie, My Kind of Love and the finally Things the Grandchildren should know).
This album deserves that the listener put the effort into listening that E put into making. Given that, it is brilliant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnston on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
'Blinking Lights And Other Revelations' is a sprawling 33-song album, spread over two discs, that deals with love, loneliness, religion and twenty first century confusion, as told by Eels' leader, E. To put it simply, this is the ablum most Eels fans had been dreaming of, ever since their debut, 'Beautiful Freak' was released back in 1996. But this is a long way away from Beautiful Freak. Infact, E's sound never stopped changing and developing since Beautiful freak, as he switched from the dark and stripped sound of 'Electro Shock Blues', to the simple and beautiful melodies of 'Daisies Of The Galaxy'. Next were 'Souljacker', then 'Shootenanny', two albums which sound as if they were from two different bands. Then along came this album, which is sort of an accumulation of his past strengths and sounds, to created an almost perfect, epic album, whose own style and sounds alternate from simple, acoustic and haunting, to more lively, alt-pop anthems. Suffice to say, whatever your appetite for genre, this album should satisfy. There are huge folk and blues undertones here, displayed perfectly in songs like 'Railroad Man', a gorgeous track that harks back to the simplicity and joy of freedom, the feeling of having no possessions and no responsobility, just yourself, and the traintracks. The poppier songs come up occasionally, but never sound conventional 'radio' hits. They're still odd-ball, wacky songs, clearly sung by a 40 year old bearded guy whose letting loose, and looking at the beauty in the world. A perfect example is 'Loosing Streak', and almost impossibly joyful, song, that's very difficult not to smile at, to say the least. E keeps the beats simplistic, the melodies complex and the lyrics deceptively simple, always laden with dark humour and wonderful imagery.Read more ›
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