Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Eels album - End Times

The eighth EELS studio album, END TIMES, is the sound of an artist growing older in uncertain times. An artist who has lost his great love while struggling with his faith in an increasingly hostile world teetering on self-destruction. Largely self-recorded on an old four track tape machine by EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett aka E in his Los Angeles basement, it's a "divorce album" with a modern twist: the artist equates his personal loss with the world he lives in losing its integrity. When Everett finds comfort "in a dying world," the END TIMES he speaks of isn't about "Mayan calendar conspiracy theory bullshit," he says, but, "the state of the desperate times we live in. The bottom line-ness of it all. The end of common decency. The loss of caring about doing a good job. These are tough times. Who can you trust? Walter Cronkite is just a ghost."

In the album's closing song, "On My Feet," Everett doesn't attempt to neatly tie-up the story. But he does find a kind of solemn resolve: to keep going. Maybe things aren't as bad as they seem. It's not a resolution, but a decision to try to get to one:

I am a man in great pain over great beauty
It's not easy standing on my feet these days
But you know I'm pretty sure
That I've been through worse
And I'm sure I can take the hit


A Line in the Dirt

Download album here: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5218316/EELS_-_End_Of_Time_%5B2010-MP3%5D%5BBubanee%5D

No comments:

Post a Comment