What does it sound like?:
If the constant work-rate of the artist otherwise known as Mark Oliver Everett has been a bit much to cope with then this live pit-stop is for you. Never knowingly touring the same show twice, last year’s jaunt promoting ‘The Cautionary Tales…..’ was a stripped back, non rocking affair cherry-picking songs from across his career that fit the downbeat vibe. “Good news, this next one isn’t that much of a bummer…..no wait, sorry, yes it very much is” – it’s the way he tells ’em – mumbled deadpanned between songs. Despite being in the expansive, expensive (which is why I was at Cambridge for this tour) grand old venue, this sounds very intimate, warm and downright cosy. The band sound great subtly adding colour to the bleak canvas yet Eels music is more black dog humour than depressing. ” she locked herself in the bathroom again\ so i am pissing in the yard \ i have to laugh when i think how far it’s gone\ but things aren’t funny anymore” . The encore features Harry Nilsson’s ‘Turn On Your Radio’ and it’s a lovely song that I was unfamiliar with. Does E win his battle with Mr Albert and the keepers of the keys to the huge pipe organ? You’ll have to tune in to the end of the show to find out….
What does it all *mean*?
This record (and it’s on vinyl so I call it a record) demonstrates why E still can fill the Albert Hall with his live shows. Vinyl and CD packages feature a DVD of the show too. Huzzah!
Goes well with…
A wistful dream of what might have been and what could yet come true
Might suit people who like…
Downbeat music for rock hard times