EELs - The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett Clear 180g Vinyl 2LP + Download (Backordered)
EELs The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett Clear 180g Vinyl 2LP + Download
Includes Original 13-Track Album Plus Bonus LP
The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett is the introspective new 13 track album from the ever-changing project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett aka E, described as “an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle.” The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett marks the 11th full-length release for Eels, whose debut Beautiful Freak was released in 1996.
Everett has embarked on a number of non-musical projects as well, including his acclaimed book Things the Grandchildren Should Know and the multiple-award winning Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives documentary film about Everett and his quantum physicist father, Hugh Everett III, broadcast on PBS’ Nova series.
“It’s inspired by something I went though,” Everett says. “Someone I lost, by choice, and later came to regret losing. It wasn't until I started to look at my role in it that it began to feel like I was getting somewhere worthwhile. The experience transformed me. This is the musical version of that experience. I’m hoping it could maybe serve as some sort of example for others.
To learn from my mistakes.” Quite different to the previous Eels release, and in contrast to the high-octane rock 'n' roll of the last Eels tour, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett couples a bare-bones lyrical intimacy with a live orchestra of cello, viola, violins, bassoon, English and French horn, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, musical saw, glockenspiel and celesta that lends a stunning backdrop to the brutal insights of the lyrics.
“The title may make you think it’s a solo album, but it’s very much a group effort,” says Everett. Indeed, Eels members Koool G Murder, The Chet, P-Boo and Knuckles are all involved in performing, songwriting, and even arranging the album’s orchestral parts. “Everyone knows that if you want to write something convincing, you write about what you know,” says Everett, “and what I know best are my experiences.
I’m so lucky in so many ways, but it hasn't been easy. I may as well have been raised by wolves. I've had to figure everything out the hard way, through trial and error. I grew up very fast in some ways, and very slow in others. These are some of the trials and errors.”
Everett’s unusual early years were detailed in his book Things The Grandchildren Should Know, wherein he documents growing up in an odd, dysfunctional family and the subsequent deaths of all its members except himself. “It’s all a bit embarrassing,” Everett says now. “But I figure it was a worthwhile endeavor, and I might as well put it out there for all to see – with my name and photo on it – no sugarcoating. When I was 10 years old my favorite album was ‘Plastic Ono Band’ by John Lennon.
The way he cut right through to the brutal truth really resonated with me, this is all his fault. I blame John Lennon,” he jokes. “It wasn't an easy process, and I wouldn't want to go through it again. But I’m glad I did. I’m a better person for it, and I hope others can gain some perspective or awareness from it and maybe even apply it to their own lives. Maybe it could even start the process for some. Or at least make the process a little easier for them. To know they’re not alone.”
Eels have had one of the most consistently acclaimed careers in music. Mojo Magazine calls Everett “a member of rock’s very own League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” while legendary troubadour Tom Waits says he “eagerly awaits each new release.” In 2009 Eels began the release of an album trilogy: Hombre Lobo, End Times and Tomorrow Morning, followed three years later by the critically-acclaimed Wonderful, Glorious.
The Eels The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett Track Listing:
1. Where I'm At
3. Lockdown Hurricane
4. Agatha Chang
5. A Swallow in the Sun
6. Where I'm From
7. Series of Misunderstandings
8. Kindred Spirit
9. Gentlemen's Choice
10. Dead Reckoning
12. Mistakes of My Youth
13. Where I'm Going
LP2 - Bonus Disc
1. To Dig It
2. Lonesome Lockdown Hurricane
3. Bow Out
4. A Good Deal
5. Good Morning Bright Eyes
6. Milicent Don't Blame Yourself
7. Thanks I Guess
8. On The Ropes (Live WNYC)
9. Accident Prone (Live WNYC)
10. I'm Your Brave Little Soldier (Live WNYC)
11. Fresh Feeling (Live KCRW)
12. Trouble With Dreams (Live KCRW)
13. Oh Well (Live KCRW)
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