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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 (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B002ZXMZG2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2010 release, the eighth studio album from the Alt-Rock band led by Mark Oliver Everett (AKA E). End Times is the sound of an artist growing older in uncertain times. An artist who has lost his great love while struggling with his faith in an increasingly hostile world teetering on self-destruction. Largely self-recorded on an old four track tape machine by E in his Los Angeles basement, it's a 'divorce album' with a modern twist: the artist equates his personal loss with the world he lives in losing its integrity. V2.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Maine Writer VINE VOICE on January 23, 2010
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I was a late arrival to the Mark Everett fan club. My bad luck. Once in a while, you find an artist who speaks to you. Who seems to be like you in ways that are uncanny. When it comes to Everett, I can't help but think it's his ability to write from a very genuine place -- to strum the strings of our common humanity in an original way. End Times is no exception. Some of the songs take a little time to get your ears and head around, but the deep pleasures are well worth the effort. At under three minutes long, Little Bird is a profound elegy to lost love, with a striking, repeated line that's beautiful in its simplicity and delivery: "God damn. I miss that girl." I Need a Mother oozes late night, brutal honesty -- told like that last truth that finally emerges, but only after a tortuous relationship has left you a husk. Those are just two of the gems. End Times reminds me of two other things I love: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Beck's Sea Change. They're each different creatures, but they roam the same dark countryside where it's hard to tell whether you're seeing the slender threads of dawn or the final glimmer of dusk.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Musicman on January 22, 2010
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Sometimes EELS are up, sometimes they are down. Life has ups and downs. We have all felt like this at some point. An artist's duty is to reflect life. There's a reason this album is getting incredible reviews. It's great! My favorite EELS album since Electro Shock Blues.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Buisman on January 25, 2010
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"Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss." (Nick Hornby - High Fidelity).

Mark Everett wasn't the most cheerful guy to begin with. Deaths of parents and siblings leave a mark and his music with the eels has always had a sad undertone. And don't expect anything new on `End Times'. Let's face it, even the title is depressing. The theme of the album is a divorce and the ensuing depression. Recorded mostly at home on a simple four-track the songs are simple and vintage E. Mostly just him strumming some chords on a guitar or playing them on a keyboard.
Starting in heaven he slowly spirals down into the phases that are part of breaking up, including locking yourself up in your house without much outside interaction ( the beautiful Mansion of Loz Feliz). They are emotions that we have all gone through, at one point he explains seeing a million trees at the side of the road and feeling just like one of them, but still feeling lonely. At least he has his Little Bird to talk to and we have the eels we can listen to, to let us know that even though we feel awful at times, there are millions more that feel the same. (from [...])
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Abrahamsen on January 24, 2010
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I don't understand why some people don't like this record, personally, it blew me away. Maybe people are so commercialized, they don't know great music whan they hear it. I think it's one of the most immpressive records I've heard in a while, and I own 600+ of them. What blew me away the most is the songwriting, it's very much what great songwriting is about. I love the lo-fi minimalism, and E has pulled it off brilliantly here. So, if you don't like it, oh well, if you do, it's a must-have record.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Martin on January 25, 2010
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Eels have decided to more than make up for their 4 year hiatus after "Blinking Lights" by gracing us with not just one, but two albums in 7 months. For other artists this would breed disaster (Ryan Adams, Joseph Arthur) but for eels it's just more great music.

I admit, it is his most depressing album since Electro Shock Blues but that's also what makes it great. It is dark and full of dispair...but there is also hope to be heard throughout. "Mansions of Los Feliz" is one of the best eels songs I've heard in a really long time. It reminds me of the best stuff from "Daisies of the Galaxy." Most of the songs are pretty short, with the longest song being the last song at 6:25, which is actually pretty long for an eels song.
I will also admit that he treads on familiar ground here. Some of the piano songs sound very similar to stuff he's written before, most notably is how much "A Line in the Dirt" sounds like "Manchester Girl." His other piano song, "I Need a Mohter" is the only song I wished he'd left off the album. These two songs prevent the album from getting more than 4 stars.

If you like eels' softer acoustic stuff, you'll like this album...if you like their more fuzzy rock sounding stuff, well that's on here too. In fact, my second favorite song on here is "Paradise Blues" which has a kind of Jim Noir sound to it.

I think it's interesting that when "Hombre Lobo" came out E was saying in interviews that he wanted to make an album that wasn't about him; an album removed from his personal issues; an album that wasn't autobiographical...I think these last two albums have been his most intimate albums since Electro Shock Blues. As with most works of fiction (Hombre Lobo) they tend to tell us more about the author than the characters.

Key Tracks: Mansions of Los Felix and Paradise Blues
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Martin on February 2, 2010
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You would have thought that E had purged all of his demons with 2005's "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations", a masterful double disc that was drenched in emotional honesty. Not so fast. Just when it seemed that E was taking a break from writing personal songs (see last year's Hombre Lobo), he and his band return with a beautifully bleak but ultimately hopeful "breakup" album. Inspired by E's divorce in 2005, this album has been likened to his "Blood on the Tracks". Indeed, the blood from his greiving heart is all over the 14 tracks of this release.

End Times is easily the most sparse album that the band have released to date. There is little polish on the songs collected here, and with the exception of The Mansions of Los Feliz and Paradise Blues, not a ton of hooks either. But don't worry, E's songwriting still shines. Nearly every song seems as though it has been ripped from Mark Everett's wounded heart. He provides some of his most emotionally raw lyrics to date such as when he achingly cries "I Need a Mother" or when he describes pushng his bed up against the window so it only has one side because it's a little less lonely that way. Elsewhere he identifies with the inane ramblings of a homeless man in the title track and relfects on how much easier it was to deal with a broken heart in his younger days.

Yet there is hope to be found in these tales of loss. E talks about getting back on his feet in the closing song and on another song he declares that he is fighting the hatred that is trying to consume him, even though it is getting stronger each day. These may sound like very optimistic statements, but they speak volumes about E's willingness to keep going in spite of overwheliming odds. That may be the most resonant theme that emerges from this seemingly despair filled collecton. There is always hope, but sometimes you have to want to find it. Well put, indeed.
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