"Blinking Lights..." was the first Eels album I heard, about half a year ago. I now own all the Eels albums. Eels are great for two reasons: 1) Mark Oliver Everett (a man often called E); a wonderful songwriter, with passion and honesty. His gruff but warm voice captures the emotion behind every song. 2) the rest of the band, which in this case is Kool G Murder, Chet, Puddin' and Butch; four guys who help E add rich, gorgeous texture to his songs. String ensembles, hammond organs, slide guitars and even a musical saw all appear on this record. It has a sound to it that the other albums don't have, and in my opinion, it has an intimacy that no other album EVER has achieved. Beautiful songs such as the country-tinged "Railroad Man", piano ballad "Ugly Love", the haunting "If You See Natalie" and the heart-warming closer "Things The Grandchildren Should Know" are honest and from the soul, these are E's best moments. The more upbeat tracks; "Going Fetal", "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)" and "Trouble With Dreams" provide contrast and variety, making the album an always captivating listen. On "Blinking Lights..." E appears to have perfected his craft and made the album he was born to make. For fans of quality music in general, as well as those of you who love songs that come from the heart (and with a twist of irony and humour so not to make proceedings too gloomy), then I recommend this album highly. It made me an Eels fan for life, and I hope it does the same to you.