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April 18, 2014 6:43 pm
“Woke up lost in a world I didn’t know,” a typically downcast Mark Everett announces on the opening song: the Eels mainman specialises in glum, from the ruminations about bereavement on 1998’s Electro-Shock Blues to the songs about divorce on last year’s impressive Wonderful, Glorious.
His new album is dedicated to the cheery topic of romantic break-ups, offered as cautionary tales on how not to conduct a relationship. “I can’t keep repeating the mistakes of my youth,” Everett sings in his hoarse, imploring voice, but there’s scant sign of progress in the music – a gentle but dull acoustic strum, burnished by occasional string and horn arrangements.
The songs are slight and structured with saccharine simplicity, providing a too-easy sense of resolution to the entanglements that Everett describes.
Perform the Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
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