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  • Summary: This 22-song live recording (taped at a New York City show in June, 2005) finds Mark Oliver Everett backed by a variety of instrumentalists and, yes, a string quartet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Thanks to the stellar backup band, E's husky voice and sad stories become all the more desperately lovely. [25 Feb 2006]
  2. This is a document -- nothing more, nothing less -- and as such it's charming, beautiful, ragged, and honest.
  3. 80
    Beneath their limpid surfaces, Mark "E" Everett's songs are volatile dollops of emotional explosive. [Mar 2006, p.98]
  4. The performances are all good, but E’s voice is alarmingly scratchy.
  5. Finds the outfit in fine form, but it seems unlikely that the casual fan will fully appreciate what Everett has done with his songs here. [Apr 2006, p.214]
  6. So go ahead and grant the Eels an exemption for going the orchestra tour route; the additional personnel justifies their paychecks by saving this live album from being a rote greatest-hits-with-crowd-noise exercise.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4