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Bold, Breathtaking And Simply Beautiful.,
This review is from: Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (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. Just try and listen to 'Blinking Lights (for me)' and not get E's spectacular visuals swimming in your head. The lyrics tell stories of what seems like, many different people. The way i'd describe the discs is as a city: a diverse, modern city, that still has a few old 1950's building left standing, and areas of green. It's a city of fear and loneliness, whilst occasionally being one of joy and fleeting beauty. We get 3 minute views of the crazy people who walk the streets, the middle aged divorced men who live in the apartments above the street, the young couples in love and the cars and inanimate objects who have history, who make the city. The music says as much as the lyrics here, and sometimes you are forced to create your own stories to fill in the gaps. There are several short instrumentals, which are equally important and wonderful as any of the other tracks. There is simply so much to say about this album, there are so many inspired segments, and imaginative instruments and sounds. So many emotions and places to see. It's like a great city again in this way: you can't quite describe it, you just have to see it. And I hugely reccomend you do listen to this album; it is one of the greatest achievments in not only alternative rock, but in modern music.