Eels Review: The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Eels

The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

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Mark Oliver Everett, also known as E, has led off his ten previous studio albums in a multitude of ways.  He opened off Electro-Shock Blues with the gut punch ode to his sister Elizabeth, who committed suicide.  On Beautiful Freak, E opens with probably his most commercial success, “Novocaine for the Soul”.  And on Shootenanny! he opens with an aggressive bluesy number.  Why is any of this relevant to Cautionary Tales you ask?  Because “Where I’m At”, the opening number on the album is a low key brass and piano instrumental track.  This is E’s nod to the obvious.  Low key, delicate ballads are what E is going to serve up because that’s just where he’s at.
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Idaho Review: You Were A Dick

Idaho

You Were A Dick

Nearly six years after his last release, indie rock veteran Jeff Martin of Idaho opens up his latest album You Were a Dick with the line “I hope you don’t take it personally that I disappeared like that” on the title track, an olive branch sure to resonate well with his loyal fan base. With this mentality, Martin puts his vulnerability on the table as soon as the listener hits play.
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