At its gloomy core, End Times is nothing more then a breakup album. It’s no wonder, since front-man Mark Oliver Everett wrote the 14-track album following a divorce. As you would expect, the track listing is littered with gems of despair and titles that cut to the lonely chase (“Unhinged,” “High and Lonesome,” “I Need a Mother”).
The pace never really picks up since Everett seems quite comfortable moping about heartache. One exception is “Gone Man,” which features a faster pace, yet blues-tinged, number. Lyrically, Everett traces out the failing relationship and the emotional fallout that ensues. At times it’s painful to hear Everett stumble into the unavoidable clichÃ©s, at others it’s easy to relate.
The most poignant moment comes during “Apple Trees,” a spoken interlude when Everett compares his existence to a tree on an apple farm. “Just one in a billion” is his conclusion.
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