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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. This may not be Elels' best record, but it's damn close to it, and a uniquely idiosyncratic deposit in an increasingly diverse discography that's getting harder and harder to ignore. [Holiday 2009, p.76]
  2. The album rewards those who listen with songs that are confessional but also insightful.
  3. End Times is easily one of Eels' finest achievements. [Feb 2010, p.93]
  4. So in a sense the imperfections are actually its perfections because it represents E’s state of mind purely: his every whimsical thought, his waking up and not knowing how he’s going to feel that day and his whole-hearted honesty to allow every fucking shred of it be put to record because he has the audacity, intensity and conviction to do so.
  5. The album was recorded on a 4-track in the singer’s basement, and the lo-fi treatment certainly suits his grizzly voice. In fact, the downtrodden lyrics on the yelping stomper “Paradise Blues’’ and the jangly “Gone Man’’ are more or less redeemed by the songs’ sparsely elegant arrangements.
  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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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. NikoB
    Jan 22, 2010
    9
    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
    8
    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 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
    7
    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 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
    3
    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 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