End Times [Vinyl]
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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 [...])
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great music as always! E has some talent and it sounds like the self pitty is lifting more on each new album that comes out.Published on August 22, 2012 by Gully
Mark Oliver Everett is a man who writes through his pain. Be it the early Eels' masterpiece "Electro-Shock Blues" or this "End Times," he delivers agonizing self-reflections like... Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by Tim Brough
Heard a song from this album and was hooked I had to have it. Very diverse types of music - way off of mainstream and this band really does a great job by expressing their thought... Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Engineer
Eels were 90s alt-rock's greatest one-hit wonder (you never heard "Novocaine for the Soul"?) And they released an album last year, which was a good indie album. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by Mark Wiatrowski
The Eels tap into a vein of emotion and let you feel what they feel. This album is deeply personal and something most of us (but not all) can relate to. Read morePublished on February 2, 2010 by C. Barberis
C'mon EELS. You can do better.
There may be 14 tracks on "End Times" but about every other song sounds exactly the same. Read more
The bad news is, on their past few albums, Eels has more or less repeated themselves, recording albums that are very similar to the songs they've been playing since Beautiful... Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by Brandon J. Smith