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  • Audio CD (21 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E Works
  • ASIN: B00IJ042L6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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The new album from Eels, 'The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett', is an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle. “It's inspired by something I went though,” Everett (Eels’ lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and sometime drummer) says. “Someone I lost, by choice, and later came to regret losing. It wasn’t until I started to look at my role in it that it began to feel like I was getting somewhere worthwhile. The experience transformed me. This is the musical version of that experience. I’m hoping it could maybe serve as some sort of example for others. To learn from my mistakes.”

Quite different to the previous Eels release, and in contrast to the high-octane rock n' roll of the last EELS tour, THE CAUTIONARY TALES couples a bare-bones lyrical intimacy with a live orchestra of cello, viola, violins, bassoon, English and French horn, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, musical saw, glockenspiel and celesta that lends a stunning backdrop to the brutal insights of the lyrics.

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Last year's "Wonderful, Glorious" was, in my opinion, one of the finest albums that Eels have ever released and, given his impressive back catalogue that's quite a bold claim, however, there is always the question of what we're going to get next from Mark Everett. I have been a fan since "Beautiful Freak" and there have been an eclectic, diverse range of musical styles, some I have enjoyed more than others, but every album has a worthy place in an Eels fan's collection and each is a jigsaw piece that reveals more and more of the whole picture of the man himself. Everett's prolific nature means that the world isn't always quite ready for the new Eels album, but this is something quite different to anything he has ever released before and for those who love Mark's quieter, more introspective moments, this is a real treat. For those who only really like Eels when they are heavy, distorted and rocking out, perhaps give this one a miss, but in doing so, you're ignoring an essential element of Everett's musical personality and foolishly snubbing some candid confessionals; this album, like many of the others composed by him, is deeply personal and he writes about many aspects of his life with the frankness, honesty and insight lovers of his music and words have come to treasure.

If you think of the quieter moments on many of his albums, the softer pieces that provide respite between the heavier rock moments, well, "The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett" is literally an album full of those kind of songs. It's a curiously different and rather beautiful affair. "Where I'm At" is almost an overture, an instrumental introduction to the piece of work, followed by the folky "Parallels" which, although it appears quite unspectacular, is a real grower.
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Despite all the praise it got (uplifting, etc) I wasn't a fan of the last album Wonderful, Glorious. Too much uplift to the detriment of music quality (although I accept this is a personal thing and others may love it). This album, however, is what I love Eels for. Raw, close to the bone lyrics, simple but great melodies, I just think it's a great album. I also like the bonus disc as much as the album disc, which makes altogether a generous number of captivating and strangely enjoyable songs. This is for me perhaps not quite as good as the sublime Blinking Lights, but very close.
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Yet another classy release from the genius mind of Mr. Everett. The number of beautiful melodies this man concocts really is mind boggling along with always worthwhile meaningful lyrics. This is certainly a low key performance beautifully produced and has the same feel as the Eels with Strings live CD. It may take a few listenings to fully appreciate how good it is and although I am a big fan I can only give it 4 well deserved stars as in my view he has released better albums but this is certainly worthy in the Eels cannon.
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Some very good songs as always from Mr E - Mistakes Of My Youth particularly is one of the finest songs he's ever written. But for me the album goes through a serious lull on tracks 8 thru 11. Big Eels fan but this is one that I go to to pick out individual tracks rather than playing the whole album.
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I think if you thinking of listening to this record and expecting it to be like previous albums such as, Wonderful Glorious or Hombre Lobo you will be disappointed. This album is more closer to the albums, Electro Shock Blue and End Times.

The album features some stunning ballads such as, A Swallow In The Sun and Mistakes Of My Youth.

If you are an EELs fan then this album is definitely worth adding to an already impressive back catalogue of albums.
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A stripped down Mark Everett sometimes just with a keyboard to supplement his vocals, and other times strings or a chamber orchestra. This is probably the most intense personal album that he has released, and I consider it simply beautiful!

The second bonus CD contains 6 studio tracks, all of which are far too good to be on a limited release, especially the amazing Lonesome Lockdown Hurricane. The 6 live tracks contain a great reworking of Fresh Feeling, with the final one being Peter Green's Oh Well. This last track is the only real rocking track on the two discs and follows the original quite closely, but the big surprise (for me) is how this track sits so well along side E's own compositions.

Packaging is similar to the last 3 two disc editions being a fold-out digipak with a booklet (containing the lyrics to the main album).

In summary I would say that this is Eels best album for a while, but please do invest in the double disc edition.
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another great album what else do you expect from the eels! Agatha is a beautiful track...
p.s loved the live show of this in oxford, on the other end of the spectrum from the rocky gig last year!
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I'd give 5* for an album of this quality from any other performer but Eels set such high standards that, so far, I must be harsh with just 4^. I own and love every Eels album and finally got to see the band last year on the Wonderful Glorious tour and it was one of my all-time favourite gigs - that 5* album is still regularly playing on my car CD. The latest album is back to the more introspective and slower tempo style of Eels' earlier works and so, after the up-tempo and more collaborative Wonderful Glorious, I was a little surprised by this album. But that's Eels - they can rock with the best or wring you out with the most beautiful, heartfelt songs. I've been simultaneously listening to Cautionary Tales and reading E's autobiography (Things the Grandchildren Should Know) and having finished the book, the new album seems to gain even greater relevance; every song reads like another episode from E's remarkable, tragic but hope-filled life. After a few more plays, there's a real danger that this will become another 5*!!
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