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Mark Oliver Everett, who records under the moniker Eels, spent eight years writing and recording this 33-song, 94-minute double album, releasing several other notable albums in the interim. Blinking Lights, however, is a sprawling achievement that includes subtle instrumentals, quiet brooding ballads, and even a few, jarring dance moves. (For example, “Going Fetal” features a yelping Tom Waits and a rhythm track designed to throw out your back.) Lyrically, it delves deeply into Everett’s psyche, issuing thoughts on the love-hate relationship with his father, his mother’s death to cancer, his sister’s suicide, and his own hopes for the future, which mostly come courtesy of his wife. A glass-half-empty guy most of his life, Everett sounds like a genuine optimist during “Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living)” and offers a soothing apology for “I’m Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn’t Break Your Heart.” Throughout, his music is crisply orchestrated, with mellotrons and both electric and acoustic guitars supporting his parched vocal delivery. Blinking Lights often sounds like a man whispering from the basement, not wishing to wake the family or to draw too much attention to ideas he fears others may not find so appealing. Luckily for us, he’s chosen to share those fears, which are compellingly captured and delivered.

Customer Reviews

E's Masterpiece

This is one phenomenal album, perhaps his best work to date - just go and check the internet reviews. Depending on how you perceive this album: this could be a totally delightful album; or an absolutely depressing one. For me, it's the latter. Look no further then the titles of these songs ('Suicide Life', 'Checkout Blues', 'Last Days of My Bitter Heart') couple this with his heartbreaking lyrics which are sometimes filled with affliction ("And if she finds me so repulsive/She wouldn't be the first to wretch") and Mr. E will take you on a journey you will find hard to forget. But you have some upbeat songs to pick you up with the likes of 'Trouble With Dreams', 'Going Fetal' and the delightful 'Blinking Lights (For Me)'. Ultimately, this truly is an extraordinary piece of work - please don't pass it by.

Album of the Year

The Eels are one of the best alternative bands at the moment but previously have always been in the shadow of Daisies of the Galaxy. This new album is E's finest work and brings the Eels to a whole new exciting level. Blinking lights is an album you can put on repeat and never tire of. Although the second 'disc' is better both sides will inspire and interest you. E is very talented and this work moves on from the depressing sound of Electro-Shock Blues and returns us to the kind of music he produced with Daisies of the Galaxy, only better. The songs to look out for are: I'm Going to Stop Pretending I Didn't Break Your Heart, Understanding Salesman and Hey Man (Now You're Really Living). A truly fantastic album and if you only buy one album from 2005 make sure it's this one.

Just what I've been waiting for!

I don't write many reviews but this album deserves all the praise it can get - and I'm sure you won't have to look very far to find others saying the same. Pop hooks and brilliant lyrics with an original sound and sense of sincerity and conviction. The Eels stand on their own but if you like Radiohead (OK Computer), The Smashing Pumpkins (Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness), and Soul Coughing (Rooby Vroom) then you may like this as well. I only wish I had heard these guys before - after listening to BLINKING LIGHTS AND OTHER REVELATIONS I am compelled to collect all their albums. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!


Formed: 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although Eels are often marketed as a full-fledged band, singer/songwriter E (real name: Mark Oliver Everett) is responsible for the group's sound and direction. Born in Virginia on April 9, 1963, Everett became interested in rock music at an early age via his sister's record collection, and began playing drums at the age of six, as well as tinkering on his family's piano. As the years progressed, Everett found himself leading a troubled teenage life, which was further complicated by his father's...
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