The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett [Deluxe Edition] (CD)


Eels

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Amoeba Review

04/21/2014

Eels’ new album starts with a track called “Where I’m At,” a lovely orchestral instrumental, swelling with horns, flutes and strings, and ends with Mark Oliver Everett looking ahead with “Where I’m Going.” In between those bookends, Everett tells us the lessons he’s learned over the course of 11 albums, and what seems to be a breakup. The folksy “Parallels” presents Everett at his most stripped down and gravelly voiced, as he sings of a lost lover looking toward the future just as he does, somewhere else. “Agatha Chang” is a Johnny Cash-inspired ode to lost love, and the things we do to avoid settling down. “Dead Reckoning” is downright gothic, its mournful clarinet and sobbing oboes echoing Everett’s own echoed-out woes. These are dark moments, yet Cautionary Tales is surprisingly hopeful. Songs like “Where I’m From” and “Kindred Spirit” use rollicking acoustic guitar and soft, crackling electrics to paint bright tunes that bring to mind Dylan at his sweetest. Despite its title, “Mistakes of My Youth” is a sprightly, jangly pop tune that ranks amongst his best. And for someone who often is labeled a miserablist, Everett’s songs here always seem to be scanning the horizon rather than staring at their shoes, as he sings knowingly on the song’s closing tunes, but with an eye forward—“I can’t keep repeating myself,” Everett sings in a self pep talk on “Mistakes of My Youth,” and “Where I’m Going” is, dare we say, optimistic as Everett sings “I can’t say what will happen tomorrow … but I’ve got a good feeling about where I’m going.” Everett’s music has always been nice for a good wallow, but Cautionary Tales goes against type as one of the most uplifting things he’s put to tape.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Where I'm At
Eels 01:41
2.
Parallels
Eels 03:15
3.
Lockdown Hurricane
Eels 03:30
4.
Agatha Chang
Eels 03:28
5.
A Swallow in the Sun
Eels 03:37
6.
Where I'm From
Eels 02:48
7.
Series of Misunderstandings
Eels 03:23
8.
Kindred Spirit
Eels 02:53
9.
Gentlemen's Choice
Eels 02:36
10.
Dead Reckoning
Eels 02:28
11.
Answers
Eels 02:39
12.
Mistakes of My Youth
Eels 04:57
13.
Where I'm Going
Eels 03:04


Disc 2 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
To Dig It
Eels 00:30
2.
Lonely Lockdown Hurricane
Eels 03:27
3.
Bow Out
Eels 02:46
4.
A Good Deal
Eels 03:09
5.
Good Morning Bright Eyes
Eels 02:41
6.
Millicent Don't Blame Yourself
Eels 02:46
7.
Thanks I Guess
Eels 02:59
8.
On the Ropes (Live WNYC)
Eels 03:19
9.
Accident Prone (Live WNYC)
Eels 02:56
10.
I'm Your Brave Little Soldier (Live WNYC)
Eels 02:35
11.
Fresh Feeling (Live KCRW)
Eels 03:52
12.
Trouble with Dreams (Live KCRW)
Eels 03:41
13.
Oh Well (Live KCRW)
Eels 03:35

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