• Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Apr 26, 2005
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Everett finally delivers the absolute stone masterpiece fans have always known lurked inside his dour heart. [29 Apr 2005, p.147]
  3. It's an absolute must-buy release.
  4. 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.
  5. Yes, this may well be the best of the Eels, his greatest achievement to date, because he reaches so far on nearly every track, and yet still finds something to grab on to.
  6. Some of the best-written songs of this new century. [#9]
  7. 90
    Intermittently funny and never depressing, this confirms him among America's greats. [May 2005, p.108]
  8. Dicing with folly at every stage and coming out victorious, 'Blinking Lights...' is sprawling, galling and downright enthralling.
  9. 90
    A DIY epic whose brief sorties into often spellbinding instrumental territory are pitstops in which to muse upon profound, touching or witty lyrics. [May 2005, p.95]
  10. E is one of the best songwriters America has to offer, and he has made as personal, poignant, and ultimately redeeming an album that you are ever going to hear.
  11. A masterpiece that celebrates life, in all of its horrific, painful, magical and wondrous glory.
  12. Calling an Eels album personal and somber seems redundant, but compared with the guitar-rock discord of the two preceding albums, this return to meticulously crafted pop miniatures seems even more inward-directed. [24 Apr 2005]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 83
  2. Negative: 4 out of 83
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    8
    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, IA 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. Full Review »
  2. BillyH
    Apr 28, 2008
    9
    An intelligent progression and evolution of a man called E this album shine new light on the eels perspective when you listen to the album An intelligent progression and evolution of a man called E this album shine new light on the eels perspective when you listen to the album from front to back you realize that everything is going to be ok. Full Review »
  3. AndrewM
    Jan 17, 2008
    10
    This record could be one of the best I've ever listened to. It's much, much more melancholy than something like Souljacker. While 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. Full Review »