Jan 21 2010

Eels – End Times (2010)

Published by at 5:17 pm under Folk,MP3's

The Eels just released their eighth studio album, End Times,  and it is a lot better than Pitchfork’s arbitrary 3.9 rating (seriously Pitchfork you really couldn’t just round up to 4.0?).

The album was written about Eels frontman Mark  Everett’s divorce. It’s definitely not my favorite Eels album, but it’s one of  his most genuine to date. His lo-fi recordings keeps things simple and to the point. It may be a depressing point, but it does a good job of capturing the feelings of a broken heart.

It’s tempting to dismiss this as a self-pity album, but I think that there’s more to it than that. Everett knows that love is in many ways an irrational feeling that makes people do a lot of stupid things that they don’t want to do (maybe even write an album about it). But love is so powerful that most people have no immunity, regardless of past experiences and knowing that things will get better. It’s tragic, yet humbling at the same time.

End Times (2010):

(mp3) Eels – Mansions of Los Feliz

(mp3) Eels – Little Bird

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