End Times Double CD
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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).Read more ›
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
'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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Being an early fan of Eels, I'm expecting: 1) more of same but beautiful; 2) something different. In other words, I want to be surprised. Read morePublished 20 months ago by mitd2004
As a fan of Eels it has been really enjoyable watching the artist evolve into one of the most beautifully melancholy songwriters and performers there has ever been. Read morePublished on 29 April 2010 by Martin Mckenna
Some fans are touting this as the greatest Eels album yet, which I think is jumping the gun.
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We've come to expect the unexpected from E and chums. Each of the previous albums has been very different from its predecessor. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2010 by Harry O'Carpus
Eels - End Times is an awe inspiring collection of truly beautiful songs depicting the struggle of a love once lost, and is definitely worth a purchase, simply for its honesty and... Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2010 by M. Sharman
I am not sure what record some people have been listening to because this album is stunning. With a mix of slow and more up tempo tracks it is in my opinion the best yet. Read morePublished on 26 Jan. 2010 by CH