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Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

Wednesday, Apr 27 2005
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Mark Oliver Everett, aka A Man Called E, or just E, is sort of a twisted dude who loves to overexplain his creativity. His tiny pop songs -- epic two-minute rock operas, occasionally ironic to a fault, full of ennui -- are rustled around by his arresting, gravelly voice, and have always seemed larger and deeper than the format he chooses for their delivery. But his music is frequently captivating and even when talking about death or the terminal pain of love lost, it can soothe like a lullaby. His latest release -- the two-disc, 33-song Blinking Lights and Other Revelations -- is terrific, if just a bit too long, with highlights aplenty ("Things the Grandchildren Should Know," "Ugly Love," "Railroad Man"). Everett chose to call this an album about "God and all the questions relating to the subject of God." Stop with the explanations, please -- here is a guy who could sing the phone book and keep you listening; let's just say this is a great collection of songs about life, from an artist worth listening to. Who needs more?

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