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Eels / Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, The
Album:Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, The Collection:General
Artist:Eels Added:05/2014
Label:Relativity (Modern) 

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Album Review
DJ LA
Reviewed 2014-05-08 
Eels—The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Review by Luis A. Apolaya

It seems to happen to all artists: when the euphoria of youth dies down, their new records start sounding softer and more introspective. The tongue-in-cheek and moody qualities of Eels’ previous material is not as apparent here, and instead you have lead singer E reflecting on his life amid soft, unassuming, and pretty good melodies. Recommended: 2, 3, 4, 5. RIYL Rod Stewart, Leonard Cohen, Bob Seeger’s and Randy Newman’s ballads. FCC warning on track 7.

1. (1:42) Instrumental, very pretty melody with horns and flute and piano, music you play before going to sleep.
**2. (3:16) Mid-tempo, folky acoustic guitar throughout, raspy Bob Seeger voice, very soothing.
**3. (3:30) Slow track about despair, melancholy electric piano, cello and other strings come in because it just needs to get sadder than it already is, soft percussion in the background.
**4. (3:28) Leonard Cohen, is that you?
*5. (3:37) Mid-tempo, pleasant soft electric guitar, stuff to listen to while contemplating the meaning of life while lying down on green grass during a sunny day.
6. (2:49) Mid-fast, folky feel-good mood.
7. (3:23) FCC warning “motherfucker”, baby xylophone tune and strings.
8. (2:54) Just a man and his soft electric guitar singing about a girl.
9. (2:36) Sad piano with sad vocals singing sad memories about sad could-have-beens.
10. (2:29) Echo-laden vocals, depressing winds section.
*11. (2:39) More baby xylophone, more strings, more introspection.
*12. (4:57) More of an Eels alt rock feel than the rest of the album, talks about the errors of the past but sounds more hopeful.
*13. (3:04) Same melodic theme as the intro, nice closer with a piano-playing Randy Newman feel, possibly most optimistic song in the album.

Track Listing
1.Where I'm At 7.Series Of Misunderstandings
2.Parallels 8.Kindred Spirit
3.Lockdown Hurricane 9.Gentlemen's Choice
4.Agatha Chang 10.Dead Reckoning
5.A Swallow In The Sun 11.Answers
6.Where I'm From 12.Mistakes Of My Youth
 13.Where I'm Going