The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
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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