26 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mark Oliver Everett (a.k.a. E, a.k.a. Eels) is rarely a chipper dude. It’s understandable, considering the life he’s had. His dad (quantum physicist Hugh Everett III) was a remote genius, while his sister committed suicide and his mother died from cancer. Anyone familiar with Electro-Shock Blues knows the details. Cautionary Tales shares this confessional vibe. “Agatha Chang” is brutal and beautiful, an acoustic guitar piece with orchestration and vocals that recall early Randy Newman records. “Series of Misunderstandings” turns up the creep factor, with a music box accompanying an ethereal melody. Without the standard rock band approach (drums are scarce, though found on the catchy “Mistakes of My Youth”), E relies on subtle arrangements of fingerpicked guitars and orchestrated keyboards to create an extended missive on love, loss, and his usual existential woes. “A Swallow in the Sun” pushes forth a dreamlike aura alongside a gruffer E vocal. At this point, E is writing for fans who know his story. The deluxe edition adds six bonus demos and six live radio performances that are for those fans.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mark Oliver Everett (a.k.a. E, a.k.a. Eels) is rarely a chipper dude. It’s understandable, considering the life he’s had. His dad (quantum physicist Hugh Everett III) was a remote genius, while his sister committed suicide and his mother died from cancer. Anyone familiar with Electro-Shock Blues knows the details. Cautionary Tales shares this confessional vibe. “Agatha Chang” is brutal and beautiful, an acoustic guitar piece with orchestration and vocals that recall early Randy Newman records. “Series of Misunderstandings” turns up the creep factor, with a music box accompanying an ethereal melody. Without the standard rock band approach (drums are scarce, though found on the catchy “Mistakes of My Youth”), E relies on subtle arrangements of fingerpicked guitars and orchestrated keyboards to create an extended missive on love, loss, and his usual existential woes. “A Swallow in the Sun” pushes forth a dreamlike aura alongside a gruffer E vocal. At this point, E is writing for fans who know his story. The deluxe edition adds six bonus demos and six live radio performances that are for those fans.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
49 Ratings
49 Ratings
hrdguera ,

Best .......

I've been listening to Mark Oliver Everett / E / Eels for a long time. This CD is set to become my favorite of his after just two listens. To me he is a complicated singer / songwriter that is at his very best when the songs are personal. This is personal and the songs seem to come from deep inside the mind of E.
I love it.

C-Dawgs ,

Horrible…..

I’ve been an Eels fan for some time, but this is horrible. I couldn’t get past the fourth song on the first try it is so depressing and Mark’s voice sounds terrible.
There are a couple of respectable songs, but for the most part this work sounds as if Mark drank a bottle of tequila then headed to the studio full to put his sorrows down on these tracks….

klix works ,

What Happened to my Eels???

Better wake up guys! This is milk toast ..

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