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Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (30 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00IQFBZLY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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A new Eels album is always a cause to celebrate, and The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett more than lives up to usual expectations. It’s finely-crafted and beautiful, with absolutely no filler or throwaway tracks – every song justifies it’s place. It’s concise and coherent, with each track following the same theme and leading the listener through the story of love lost and life in general.

It’s an album from the old school, in that it works best when listened to as a complete piece of work. It’s too easy (and incorrect) to say this is “typical” Eels gloomery, despite the subject matter. As with all Eels’ album there’s hope in its heart, and if you’re paying attention it’ll lift you up in the end.

The bonus tracks are an excellent and weighty addition, and the usual “you bought the deluxe edition” message (read by Kool G Murder this time) always makes me smile. However I’m finding it almost impossible at the minute to stop just repeating the album itself, the second it finishes.

This could actually be the best Eels album yet, it’s that good.
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