Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

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Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
A photo of a little girl sitting on the ground outside in a farm paddock with a Dalmatian dog. The girl, the dog and the ground are orange in color while the trees and sky in the background are purple.
Studio album by Eels
Released April 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
Recorded OneHitsville, Silverlake, California; additional recording at Knobworld, Tracktown, O'Henry and The Bomb Factory
Genre Indie pop, indie rock
Length 93:28
Language English
Label Vagrant
Producer E
Eels chronology
Shootenanny!
(2003)
Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
(2005)
Hombre Lobo
(2009)
Singles from Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
  1. "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)"
    Released: March 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
Manchester 2005 cover
Cover to the live EP Manchester 2005, packaged with the deluxe edition of the album

Blinking Lights and Other Revelations is the sixth studio album by American band Eels. It was recorded over the space of 1998 to 2004 and released on April 26, 2005 through record label Vagrant, his first album on a new label following Eels' departure from DreamWorks Records.

A double album, Blinking Lights has been seen as one of frontman E's most personal records, and was met with some of the strongest critical reviews of his career. The album features guest appearances by Tom Waits, Peter Buck and John Sebastian.

Background[edit]

England's Manchester Apollo was the venue for the bonus live album Manchester 2005

Eels frontman E described Blinking Lights on the official website as being about "God and all the questions related to the subject of God. It's also about hanging on to my remaining shreds of sanity and the blue sky that comes the day after a terrible storm, and it's a love letter to life itself, in all its beautiful, horrible glory."[1]

The sleeve and liner notes are composed of typewritten lyrics and family photos.

Release[edit]

The album was released through Vagrant Records on April 26, 2005, following the dissolution of Eels' contract with DreamWorks Records and the label's eventual take-over by Universal Music Group.[1][2]

On October 21, 2008, the band announced that 2,500 autographed copies of the album would be published on vinyl. The songs were split across three records, with a fourth record serving as the bonus album Manchester 2005. The band made four of those tracks available as a free download for a week within announcing the album.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound 10/10[6]
Entertainment Weekly A+[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Mojo 5/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork 6.5/10[10]
NME 8/10[11]
PopMatters 9/10[12]
Q 4/5 stars[13]
Uncut 4/5 stars[14]

Blinking Lights and Other Revelations was met with critical acclaim.[4]

PopMatters wrote, "E is one of the best songwriters America has to offer, and he has made as personal, poignant and ultimately redeeming an album that you are ever going to hear."[12] Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Everett finally delivers the absolute stone masterpiece fans have always known lurked inside his dour heart."[7] Under the Radar called it "some of the best-written songs of this new century".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by E, except where indicated.

Disc one
  1. "Theme from Blinking Lights" – 1:44
  2. "From Which I Came/A Magic World" – 3:13
  3. "Son of a Bitch" (E and Jim Lang) – 2:27
  4. "Blinking Lights (For Me)" – 2:01
  5. "Trouble with Dreams" – 4:33
  6. "Marie Floating Over the Backyard" – 2:03
  7. "Suicide Life" – 2:41
  8. "In the Yard, Behind the Church" – 4:05
  9. "Railroad Man" – 4:16
  10. "The Other Shoe" – 2:32
  11. "Last Time We Spoke" – 2:22
  12. "Mother Mary" – 3:21
  13. "Going Fetal" – 2:21
  14. "Understanding Salesmen" – 2:43
  15. "Theme for a Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists" – 2:06
  16. "Checkout Blues" – 2:27
  17. "Blinking Lights (For You)" – 2:00
Disc two
  1. "Dust of Ages" (E and Jim Jacobsen) – 2:21
  2. "Old Shit/New Shit" – 3:17
  3. "Bride of Theme from Blinking Lights" – 1:52
  4. "Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)" – 3:02
  5. "I'm Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart" – 3:56
  6. "To Lick Your Boots" (Peter Buck and E) – 3:30
  7. "If You See Natalie" – 3:41
  8. "Sweet Li'l Thing" – 3:27
  9. "Dusk: A Peach in the Orchard" (E and John Sebastian) – 1:17
  10. "Whatever Happened to Soy Bomb" – 2:26
  11. "Ugly Love" – 2:58
  12. "God's Silence" – 1:26
  13. "Losing Streak" – 2:52
  14. "Last Days of My Bitter Heart" – 1:35
  15. "The Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight" (E and Lang) – 3:31
  16. "Things the Grandchildren Should Know" – 5:22

Manchester 2005[edit]

This live album is only available on disc four of the deluxe edition of Blinking Lights and Other Revelations.[15] The songs were recorded on October 13, 2005, in Manchester at the Manchester Apollo.

  1. "Fresh Feeling"
  2. "Packing Blankets"
  3. "Bride of Theme from Blinking Lights"
  4. "From Which I Came/A Magic World"
  5. "Son of a Bitch"
  6. "Ant Farm"
  7. "Jeannie's Diary"
  8. "My Beloved Monster"
  9. "It's a Motherfucker"
  10. "Taking a Bath in Rust"
  11. "Trouble with Dreams"
  12. "I'm Going to Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart"
  13. "Dead of Winter"
  14. "Flyswatter"
  15. "Novocaine for the Soul"
  16. "Losing Streak"
  17. "Climbing to the Moon"

Personnel[edit]

Eels
Additional musicians
Technical
  • Michael Aarvold – mixing
  • Ryan Boesch – mixing, programming
  • Robert Carranza – mixing
  • Greg Collins – mixing
  • Wally Gagel – mixing
  • Koool G. Murder – mixing, programming
  • Dan Pinder – mixing
  • Brendan Willard – mixing

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Eels: Official Band Website". eelstheband.com. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ Everett 2008.
  3. ^ "Eels: Official Band Website". Archived from the original on December 18, 2008. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations Reviews – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations – Eels : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved May 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Diver, Mike (May 17, 2005). "Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations / Releases / Releases // Drowned in Sound". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly: 147. April 29, 2005. 
  8. ^ Simpson, Dave (April 22, 2005). "Eels, Blinking Lights and Other Revelations | Music | The Guardian". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  9. ^ Mojo: 95. May 2005. 
  10. ^ Mitchum, Rob (April 27, 2005). "Eels: Blinking Lights and Other Revelations | Album Reviews | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ NME: 51. May 2005. 
  12. ^ a b Horan, Mark (May 4, 2005). "Eels: Blinking Lights and Other Revelations | PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ Q: 109. May 2005. 
  14. ^ Hasted, Nick. "Eels – Blinking Lights and Other Revelations – Review – uncut.co.uk". uncut.co.uk. Archived from the original on May 15, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Eels: Official Band Website". eelstheband.com. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 

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