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The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett - E WORKS/PIAS
FILTER Grade: 82%

By Mischa Pearlman on April 25, 2014

 

Eels

Eels brainchild Mark Oliver Everett is a master of melancholy—unsurprisingly, given his troubled, tragic life—but often infuses it with whimsical humor. Not on this 11th Eels album, however. Beginning with the lugubrious death march instrumental of “Where I Am” (hint: not in a good place), this is a record of painful, plaintive soul-searching. The acoustic nostalgia of “Agatha Chang” is E at his most regretful, while “Series of Misunderstandings” is a lullaby of abject, if beautiful, sadness. Still, optimistic closer “Where I’m Going” suggests there is some light, however distant, at the end of this particular tunnel.

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