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  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: V2 / Co-op
  • ASIN: B002VP3C66
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Beginning
  2. Gone Man
  3. In My Younger Days
  4. Mansions of Los Feliz
  5. A Line In The Dirt
  6. End Times
  7. Apple Trees
  8. Paradise Blues
  9. Nowadays
  10. Unhinged
  11. High And Lonesome
  12. I Need A Mother
  13. Little Bird
  14. On My Feet

Disc: 2

  1. Some Friend
  2. Walking Cloud
  3. $200 Tattoo
  4. The Man Who Didn't Know He'd Lost His Mind

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After in IN YOUR FACE style of Hombre Lobo, Mark Everett has returned to a stark semi acoustic style. I consider it beautiful but his most "down" album since Electro-Shock Blues. In fact the track "A Line In The Dirt" which starts with the line " She locked herself in the bathroom again" I thought was going to deal with the suicide of his sister again, but in fact I consider deals with another personal relationship. Everett has a wonderful way with words, which as anyone who knows his work, he uses sparsely, but always to good effect - the song "Little Bird" paints the picture of loss so graphically yet wonderfully in only 16 lines!

On the main album, an interlude (as I would call it) is given a track listing, so in reality you only have 13 proper tracks with a running time of under 40mins. Whilst I have here the double album with a bonus 4 tracks EP that runs just under 10mins, why couldn't it have been all on one CD - a bit silly.

The bonus EP contains 4 really good songs so it is worth getting the "Deluxe Edition" if you can, and the packaging is a digipak with plastic (why?) inserts for the CDs.

All in all then an excellent album for fans of his work, but maybe not the the best place to start if you have not come across Eels before (try Beautiful Freak or Daisies of the Galaxy).
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Eels' 2009 release 'Hombre Lobo' was a splendid album.
Their new two-disc project 'End Times' delivers another
uplifting dose of their characteristic stripped-down magic.

Mr Everett is, as ever, a distinctive frontman.
The voice is raw, unforced and brimful of pathos.
The general ambience is sombre, reflective and
touchingly authentic.

'In My Younger Days' mixes echoing guitar, organ and fragmentary
electronic bubbles and bleeps into an emotionally affecting whole.
The lyrics and melody are delivered with heartfelt conviction.

'Mansions Of Los Feliz' is another delightful number.
Mr Everett's ability to combine sadness and dry humour
in the same frame puts him up there with other masters
of drollery such as the great Randy Newman.

'A Line In The Dirt' is yet another wonderful example.
A song which made me unsure whether to laugh out loud or cry.
The warm brass arrangement enhances the simple
beauty of the composition still further.
It deserves to live long and prosper!

'Gone Man' is a tight little rocker with some fine
jangly guitar playing and a big grin all over its face.

'Nowadays' is another highlight. Brass, strings, guitar and
harmonica come together in music of melancholy perfection.

'I Need A Mother' is a heart-breakingly soulful lament.
Truly one of the lovliest things he has ever created.

'On My Feet' is a small epic; the poetry of the words are
every bit as important as the solemn dignity of the melody.

Disc two's four additional tracks are stunners too;
in particular the final song 'The Man Who Didn't Know
He'd Lost His Mind', an enchanting and elusive ending
to this consumately conceived and realised collection.

Essential.
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This album depends entirely on which Eels you're expecting to pop out of the box.
Rocky: Shootenanny!, Hombre Lobo, Souljacker it's not.
Poppy: Daisies of the Galaxy, it's a no-no.
Personal, plodding: Think Electro-shock Blues or Blinking Lights and you're closer to the mark.

So if you like the quiet thoughtful Eels it's 5 STAR review... that's just not the Eels that I was hoping for.
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Eels albums tend to fall into one of two categories; autobiographical masterpieces like Electro-Shock Blues and Blinking Lights and Other Revelations and more straight ahead rock albums like Shootenanny! and Souljacker. Hombre Lobo fell into the latter category, End Times is Mr. E's latest foray into the former, with spectacular results to almost equal those previous two classics.

While E is remaining uncharacteristically tight lipped about the real life details this time around, this is broadly a break-up album, and the conflict and confusion of separation are rendered with his typically straightforward emotional directness. Falling somewhere between the martyred self-righteousness of Blood On The Tracks and Sea Change's rueful melancholy, E is alternately venomous (the frantic fuzz of Unhinged, the disses of I Need a Mother) and tender (the longing recollections of acoustic opener The Beginning, the plaintive and lonesome Little Bird).

Many of the songs are stark in execution, the comparison to the blues is a good one I think. The Beginning, End Times and Little Bird are just Mr.E and his guitar. This, along with interludes of rain, a telephone ringing and spoken address really create a feeling of intimacy, as though you're right there in Everett's basement with him. A Line in The Dirt and the Neil Youngish Nowadays are more lushly arranged, and this works well too, with the melodies brought out in a really beautiful way.

I'm a little puzzled by some of the negative reviews here.
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