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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