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  • Summary: The latest release for Mark Oliver Everett is what he calls his "divorce album."
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. You’ll find Eels’ most revealing, autobiographical work-to-date to be the most beautiful break-up record since Beck’s ‘Sea Change’.
  2. 80
    With its stark arrangements, glimpses of social disintegration, and thirtysomething neuroses (see I Need A Mother), it really is close to a masterpiece. [Feb 2010, p. 94]
  3. There is a fascination in listening to Mark Everett, the kind of fascination that goes with picking scabs or blisters, or the strange inspiration from feeling someone somewhere is going through a worse time than you.
  4. End Times is a break-up album that lashes relationship breakdown onto societal collapse, and rarely has Everett sounded so plaintive, so utterly broken down.
  5. Through a dozen terse, exposed songs Mr. Everett proceeds from bittersweet memory to guilt to resentment to a kind of acceptance. Even the glimpses of self-pity stay matter of fact.
  6. End Times is a kind of breakup album with Everett's youth that's both shimmering yet emotionally ransacked, and an affecting entry to his long catalog.
  7. Unfortunately, End Times comes off as impersonal and flat.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. NikoB
    Jan 22, 2010
    I seriously love this album. It is his first that I could ever listen to the full album without skipping a song. Oh, and up yours Onion club.
  2. CodyT
    Jan 25, 2010
    A very heartfelt, personal record. Eels is a project that will never have the same commercial success as it did in the 90s, but the CRITICAL success should still be standing. Its a shame to see it isnt because End Times is a pretty damn good CD. Expand
  3. StevenM.
    Jan 20, 2010
    A very down to earth effort from Eels. The 90's alt rock band that once sounded, well, like a BAND, now sounds like one man (who is Mark Oliver Everett) in a studio spilling his guts out onto tape (which it is). Expand
  4. Guy
    Jan 22, 2010
    Oh dear. How mediocre. There's no new ideas here. No new sound. No new sentiment. I've been on the Eels journey since Beautiful Freak, and loved many years of it. But E - you're right with the name of the album at least. This just sounds self indulgent and selfish. I feel like I'm just paying for your ongoing therapy. On this form, it may be time to grow up, move on and do something else. Honesty is the best policy. Sure you of all people would agree with that. Expand