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  • Summary: Mark Everett's diverse and epic sixth Eels album spans two CDs. It probably would never be classified as a happy album, but it does include appearances from Tom Waits, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian.
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. A devastatingly beautiful collection of songs, and in some circles, it could be the best album released this year. [May 2005, p.124]
  2. Blinking Lights is an astonishing mélange of life and sound cycles, as much about the ghosts of the past as it is an optimistic hedge toward a pensioner’s age bracket Everett clearly endeavors to appreciate.
  3. Dicing with folly at every stage and coming out victorious, 'Blinking Lights...' is sprawling, galling and downright enthralling.
  4. An exquisitely produced magnum opus.
  5. Blinking Lights and Other Revelations is blessed because of -- not in spite of -- its excesses.
  6. Everett demonstrates disarming wit, tear-stained awareness and heavenly loser love.
  7. Minus the instrumentals (eight), tracks featuring guest stars (three), and songs whose only redeeming quality is their cool title (at least five, including "Son of a Bitch," "I’m Going to Stop Pretending I Didn’t Break Your Heart," and "Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb"), you’re really only left with a handful of bonafide Eels tunes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 83
  2. Negative: 4 out of 83
  1. AndrewM
    Jan 17, 2008
    This record could be one of the best I've ever listened to. It's much, much more melancholy than something like Souljacker. While the lyrics are possibly stronger than they have ever been, most tracks are enjoyable just listening to how it sounds. Given that E spent 7 years creating the material on this album, the album is obviously going to be long. Not "bloated". As for it being self-indulgent, E's music is more a form of personal therapy than material for platinum records. "Electro-Shock Blues", the last magnum opus, was in response to family tragedies. Not to sell a lot of albums. Recovery. For a large part, the people who can enjoy this album are the ones who can sit back and listen to the beauty of E emptying his head. And it's entirely worth it. Expand
  2. ReneeH
    May 6, 2005
    This is my favorite band of all time, producing their best work yet. Sublimtely beautiful and heart-rending.
  3. eelpie
    Apr 26, 2005
    Spanning the spectrum of emotions from suicidal to merely downbeat, via some cracking beatbox pop tunes, the depth of this album is awesome. E is in fine, fine voice throughout. Transcends the sum of its many, many wonderous parts. Expand
  4. DaveM
    Sep 25, 2005
    I have never been a big eels fan but this in my mind is the best album of 2005. The last 2 songs are so incredible it makes it hard to listen to anything else, but the album as a whole is a masterpiece. Critics who say this is loaded with filler have no clue, every song stands on its own. Expand
  5. AntonyH
    Jun 29, 2005
    This is his best album yet, it's the best cd I have bought in years and one I play from start to finish
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    A very ambitious record from Mr E. For the most part's it's very successful and some of it is up with his best. Like many double albums, I think this could have been a 10 out of 10 16-18 track album. Some of the stuff on here we could do without. Not much mind you, but definitely some. But Mr E is an artist in every sense and it's not a surprise that he went for a 33 tracker here. Too many highlights to mention - I would highly recommend adding this record to your collection. Expand
  7. EelsM
    Apr 26, 2005
    Seriously people, what is wrong! This record bliggity blows. Can't believe what this world is coming to.

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