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Eels - End Times [Deluxe Edition] 2CD (2010)

Posted By : axyli | Date : 19 Feb 2010 15:48:03 | Comments : 0 |
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Eels - End Times [Deluxe Edition] 2CD (2010)
Mp3 CBR 320 Kbps | CD-Rip | 113.37 MB
Genre: Indie, Alternative, Singer-Songwriter | 49:22 min | Label: Vagrant Records | 18 tracks


Tracklist

01. The Beginning (2:16)
02. Gone Man (2:59)
03. In My Younger Days (3:25)
04. Mansions Of Los Feliz (2:49)
05. A Line In The Dirt (3:30)
06. End Times (2:57)
07. Apple Trees (0:40)
08. Paradise Blues (3:03)
09. Nowadays (3:09)
10. Unhinged (2:26)
11. High And Lonesome (1:07)
12. I Need A Mother (2:39)
13. Little Bird (2:34)
14. On My Feet (6:20)

Disc 2 (Deluxe Version)

1. Some Friend
2. Walking Cloud
3. $200 Tattoo
4. The Man Who Didn't Know He'd Lost His Mind

Release Notes

Utters Mark Oliver Everett as Eels latest gets underway: Everything was beautiful and free / In the beginning. Over a threadbare backing track, he uses a few broad strokes to paint a picture of domestic bliss, his words at once tender, candid, and this is an Eels record, after all loaded with foreboding. What do you do when theres nothing to do? If youre with the one you love, Everett suggests, do whatever. After all, youve done the hard part already.

End Times is concerned with what comes next: what happens when it ends, when for one reason or another or many you lose the one you love. The question here is less how you mend a broken heart, more how you mend a heart thats been battered, bruised and dragged around the block as many times as this one. The answers come peppered with dry wit and keen observation; the kind of pathos Everett has spent seven albums (nine, if you include early 90s works A Man Called E and Broken Toy Shop) perfecting.

Although contemplation of heartache and loss is hardly Eels covering new ground (see 1998s wrenching Electro-Shock Blues, or 2005s sprawling double album Blinking Lights and Other Revelations), End Times plays to Everetts strengths, offering enough intrigue and wonder to keep happy listeners new and old.

While hes always seemed more comfortable in the role of heart-on-sleeve troubadour than that of oddball alt-rocker, some of this discs most delectable surprises emerge under the guise of the latter: Gone Man is a hugely enjoyable slice of scuzzed-up garage rock, Paradise Blues pleads humanity with a suicide bomber over the simplest of blues progressions, and Unhinged is exactly that, harking back to the bands earliest successes.

If its title and artwork werent enough of a clue, Everett takes this opportunity to equate his situation with the desperate times we live in the end of common decency. Yet End Times is not a hopelessly gloomy record; it is as startlingly direct and melodically assured as ever, even wrestling laugh-out-loud humour from moments of despondency (Outside my window theres a cat in heat / Shut up cat, and leave me alone).

Im a man in great pain over great beauty, he concludes; but you know, Im pretty sure that Ive been through worse / Im sure I can take the hit. At this point in the game, youd be hard-pressed to disagree.



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