The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
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  1. 60
    This is unquestionably slow going and perhaps best taken in smaller doses, but it’s ultimately rewarding for those willing to take advice from a guy whose darkness and internal demons have remained key components to his emotionally naked creativity.
  2. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    Cautionary Tales certainly doesn’t feel new--it ultimately feels like a retread of the orchestral and maudlin sound he tried on two records ago--but it feels true to its songwriter.
  3. 60
    The Cautionary Tales... is wracked with recrimination, remorse and self-doubt. It can be bleak--the electric piano of “Lockdown Hurricane” seems a sound soaked in self-pity--but the intimate beauty of the strings and woodwinds sweetens the pill.
  4. Apr 14, 2014
    60
    It works well enough as a snapshot of where Everett finds himself as he approaches middle age, but the overwrought agonisation on the past and infuriatingly samey instrumental choices make it a difficult record to love.
  5. Apr 21, 2014
    55
    Reflecting entirely on a misplaced relationship, The Cautionary Tales of... is a personal record that lacks few comforting cushions.
  6. Apr 14, 2014
    50
    Cautionary Tales is underwhelming, but it's also a victim of context.
  7. 50
    This record utilizes straightforward folk-rock with understated string and brass accompaniments, mostly stripped of the whimsical music box quirks of yesteryear.
  8. Apr 17, 2014
    40
    The Lennon reference serves to highlight the record's main flaw: the former Beatle's cathartic recording provided a jolting contrast with his previous work, whereas Everett--now in his 51st year--ventures nowhere new.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 6, 2015
    5
    It seems to meander along without any punch. I listened to it and it seemed it was all just one song, a long depressing acoustic song withoutIt seems to meander along without any punch. I listened to it and it seemed it was all just one song, a long depressing acoustic song without variance. And I am a big fan of E's.
    E unfortunately missed the mark here.
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