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Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

EelsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Dr. Hugh Everett III, Ph.D., was what Scientific American magazine calls "one of the most important scientists of the 20th century." A quantum physicist who authored The Many Worlds Theory, Everett inspired countless science fiction books, movies and Star Trek episodes with the concept of parallel universes. As a young teenager he exchanged letters with Albert Einstein, debating ... Read more in Amazon's Eels Store

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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B0007Y8AMO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Theme From Blinking Lights
2. From Which I Came/A Magic World
3. Son Of A Bitch
4. Blinking Lights (For Me)
5. Trouble With Dreams
6. Marie Floating Over The Backyard
7. Suicide Life
8. In The Yard, Behind The Church
9. Railroad Man
10. The Other Shoe
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dust Of Ages
2. Old Shit/New Shit
3. Bride Of Theme From Blinking Lights
4. Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
5. I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
6. To Lick Your Boots
7. If You See Natalie
8. Sweet Li'l Thing
9. Dusk: A Peach In The Orchard
10. Whatever Happened To Soy Bomb
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Editorial Reviews

Blinking Lights and Other Revelations is a big, important record that's also devastatingly somber. Which, depending on how serious an Eels fan you are and the sturdiness of your psyche, can be taken as an endorsement or a warning. Shades of the band's superb sophomore effort, Electro-Shock Blues, recorded after the suicide of Everett's sister and the death of his father, show up here on such wounded tracks as "Checkout Blues," "If You See Natalie," and "I'm Going to Stop Pretending I Didn't Break Your Heart." Permeating those are instrumental snippets, some sad and ponderous ("Theme from Blinking Lights"), others bordering on bright ("Theme for a Pretty Girl that Makes You Believe God Exists"), and a handful of ironic exercises in straight-up pop (the winking "Going Fetal" and the cynical but upbeat "Hey Man [Now You're Really Living]"). Spread over two discs, the mood of Blinking Lights burns in fast and builds in its ferocity, so that when lighter moments like the funny "Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb" surface, they seem like ominous breaks in the storm. Though these songs make it easy to forget that Everett's gruff, fuzzed-over vocals have also graced fare breezy enough to be included on the Shrek soundtrack, their beauty delivers a thoughtful listener from caring. --Tammy La Gorce

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A homemade epic, 'Blinking Lights'is an imaginative, emotional reflection on the condition of living, recorded mostly in Everett's Los Angeles basement over a period of several years. Sprawling over it's two discs are songs about faith, responsibility, growing up, dignity, disappointment, comfort, hope and renewal. It's the most personal eels album since 1998's Electro Shock Blues'. That album dealt with the nearly simultaneous suicide of Everett's sister and terminal illness of his mother, from the subjects' points of view. This album finds him a few years down the line, now battling some of the family demons himself, with the after effects of past tragedies becoming more of a personal issue in his adult life, sometimes fearlessly autobiographical, and other times built around the related stories of others. Vagrant. 2005.

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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Vulnerability, Candor and Courage April 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
A number of reviews that precede mine have already addressed how "Blinking Lights..." compares and rates within Eels discography, so I will not even attempt to do that, since I could not do it better nor offer much of a different opinion.
What I do want to share here, because the power of its music took me there without much of a choice on my part, is how this album stands so firmly and beautifully on its own, and it takes Eels music even farther that it has managed to go so far.
You've probably read already about Eels' "E" Everett's tragic family losses -her mother and sister dying within a short frame of time several years ago, her sibling by committing suicide- and about this double album being a diary of sorts of his coming to terms with these events, written and worked on for close to seven years.
I assume that some people -whether out of empathy, solidarity or morbid curiosity- may have been attracted to this music given reports of his mental fragility and their love for this man's music. In my case -nothing I'm necessarily proud of- when it comes to any art form, the artist's life is secondary: neither something I believe to predict the beauty or value of their work, nor a guarantee of depth because their subject is apparently serious.
Bottom line, I want to hear someone who can say something ... anything -that although very personal- has the capacity to be relevant to my life and help me learn something about the world that I was too busy or too dense to have noticed by myself. In other words, I don't want to read someone else's "journal" but make more sense of mine.
This is where Everett has succeeded so much.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honesty from Eels July 9, 2005
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I have been on the fence about Eels for many years. The raspy voice of frontman Mark Everett has kept me from buying their albums. I was torn, because I think the songwriting has been quite good, but I can only take so much of his harsh vocals.

Everything changed for me with the release of "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations." The stark and honest material is complemented by Everett's emotive singing. The listener joins Everett through his melancholy journey through life. The trip is broken up with several "rest stops" with reprises of the "Blinking Lights Theme," always presented in a slightly different form. This helps the double disc album hold together as one cohesive piece of work.

Their current sound reminds me a lot of older Wilco, alt.-country/folk/pop, hard to categorize. Everett is like Bob Dylan without the metaphors, his feelings are presented in a plain and concise manner. I don't mean to imply that it's simplistic stuff, just not flowery.

This album is the uncorking of raw emotion without any trace of pretense. Although the band experiments with many unusual timbres, the album does not feel over-produced or self-indulgent. Could this have been cut down to one fantastic disc? Sure. But the passing of time is an important part of the experience. Plug your headphones into your stereo or iPod and take this trip with Eels. It's worth it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the Eels' real electro-shocker! May 15, 2005
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Boring songs? No good rock and roll? I don't know what some of these reviewers are thinking. I nearly flipped when I heard the infectuous energy of Losing Streak and the startling power of The Other Shoe. Which isn't even to mention the enthralling Old Sh**/New SH** and irresistible Hey Man... It's true that the majority of this double album's songs are "slow" numbers. They are beautiful, heartfelt, well-crafted songs which contrast with the handful of bang-up stunners. Yes, it's still very much "Eels music". But give the slower songs some repeated listens, they'll grow on you quickly. No, it's not perfect...some of the songs are forgettable, and like most four-star double-disc epics, it could be whittled down into a one-cd marvel. Still, there's no excuse for ignoring these Blinking Lights.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bright "Lights" April 27, 2005
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It was Van Gogh who said that one must suffer for art. If that is true, then the loss of several family members explains how the Eels turned out an album like "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations." Their sixth album breaks away from their past work, into a two-disc album saturated with death, God, questions and desolate grandeur.

"Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" has been worked on, on and off, throughout the past decade, which makes it a bit uneven in places. Every band grows and changes, and so do the songs included here. But after a quiet, twinkly intro, the Eels launch into expansive folk-rock, country, explosive rock'n'roll, hallucinogenic music-box music, delicate piano pop, and melancholy songs dripping with whiskey and depression.

The first disc is a hodgepodge of styles, veering without rhyme or reason from one style to another. The second is a bit softer and milder -- despite the odd rock song like "Losing Streak," it relies more heavily on the poignant acoustic tunes, bits of experimental music, and delicate piano tunes.

Mark "E" Everett's voice has been worn to a croak in places, but he can still emote with the best of them."The stars shine in the sky tonight/like a path beyond the grave/when you wish upon that star/there's two of us you need to see," he sings mournfully over piano and swelling strings. He sounds tired and a bit croaky, but he pulls through on most songs.

There's no such unsteadiness in the Eels' music -- in fact, they sound more confident than ever before. It's rooted in guitar, drums and other typical rock instruments. But the Eels have spiced it up with piano, strings, eerie sound effects, bells, electric organ, xylophone and creaking hinges. Yes, creaking hinges -- at least that's what it sounds like.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble With Dreams
This for me is the last great Eels CD.
I don't like every song but between the 2 CD's there are enough great tunes for 1 great album. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
A lot of fun, interesting, catchy songs
along with poignant tunes. I would rate it his best work overall.
But like all his albums somewhat uneven.
Published 15 months ago by T. C. N.
5.0 out of 5 stars One my all-time favorites
I somehow lost my original and its one of the few albums that I re-purchased. Its worth it for old/sh%^$t new/sh@#$%t alone.
Published 17 months ago by Mathew Wayne Wiliams
5.0 out of 5 stars What only a 4 star album?
I normally don't review music this far from new but seeing that this only
accrued 4 stars made me want to see if I can tip the scale toward 5 stars. Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Northuis
5.0 out of 5 stars Eels does it again
I'm sure at this point we're all familiar with the songs from this CD set. I bought it for a couple of songs in particular, but was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the... Read more
Published on February 28, 2011 by Helen Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Promise fulfilled
It's taken E several years and albums to fulfill the promise of the great Electro-Shock Blues. Whereas on Electro-Shock E was struggling with the emotional wreckage of his... Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by B. Dudlick
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
I was surprised by the length of this album when I downloaded it on iTunes. I didn't realize it was a two disc set, so I was pleased when I saw 33 tracks queue up for my hard... Read more
Published on September 28, 2009 by Boston
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Work From Mr. E
There's not much that I can add to the other already extensive reviews written. This 2-disc set is a sort of culmination of Mark Everett's work up to 2004 (as it was written over... Read more
Published on June 8, 2009 by Meecrofilm
2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of digging to get some gems
Mining for gems must require great patience, shoveling through loads of dirt & gravel. Welcome to the "Blinking Lights" experience -- repeated listening required. Read more
Published on December 14, 2008 by Mr. Scott T. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
Blinking Lights And Other Revelations is a very strange and wonderful concept album. Is it a pop album, instrumental or just experimental? Read more
Published on December 13, 2008 by Bjorn Viberg
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Rank the Eels albums
1. Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
2. Daisies Of The Galaxy
3. Shootenanny
4. Electro Shock Blues
5. Souljacker
6. Beautiful Freak
This was NOT easy --- May change with my mood!
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