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Blinking Lights And Other Revelations

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Schadenfreude is usually considered to be an unpleasant characteristic but it's hard not to revel in the idea that the more downbeat Mark 'E' Everett's songs are, the more involving they become. Such was the case with 1998's 'Electro-Shock Blues'; an album inspired by family tragedy but given a sunny disposition by 'E's delivery. 'Blinking Lights And Other Revelations' follows roughly the same lines but broadened out to over ninety minutes of music. What initially seems like a chore to listen to turns out to be an uplifting, occasionally funny experience thanks to Everett's self-effacing lyrics, that familiar, heart-warming croak and frequent bursts of twinkling guitar and fairytale atmospherics. Excellent songs outnumber the average ones by some distance with lullabies ('Checkout Blues'), touching ballads ('If You See Natalie', 'Ugly Love') and skewed epics ('In The Yard, Behind The Church', 'Sweet L'il Thing') all present and correct. There are few who can draw out the feelgood factor from such apparently bleak material quite like Mr. Everett.
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  CD1 Track Listing
01 Theme From Blinking Lights
02 From Which I Came/A Magic World
03 Son Of A Bitch
04 Blinking Lights (For Me)
05 Trouble With Dreams
06 Marie Floating Over The Backyard
07 Suicide Life
08 In The Yard, Behind The Church
09 Railroad Man
10 The Other Shoe
11 Last Time We Spoke
12 Mother Mary
13 Going Fetal
14 Understanding Salesmen
15 Theme For A Pretty Girl That Makes You Believe God Exists
16 Checkout Blues
17 Blinking Lights (For You)

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  CD2 Track Listing
01 Dust Of Ages
02 Old Shit/New Shit
03 Bride Of Theme From Blinking Lights
04 Hey Man (Now You're Really Living)
05 I'm Going To Stop Pretending That I Didn't Break Your Heart
06 To Lick Your Boots
07 If You See Natalie
08 Sweet L'il Thing
09 Dusk: A Peach In The Orchard
10 Whatever Happened To Soy Bomb
Standout Track Ugly Love
12 God's Silence
13 Losing Streak
14 Last Days Of My Bitter Heart
15 The Stars Shine In The Sky Tonight
16 Things The Grandchildren Should Know

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