TITLE: Electro-Shock Blues
YEAR RELEASED: 1998
CHART ACTION: #12 UK
SINGLES: Last Stop: This Town (#40 US Modern Rock, #23 UK), Cancer for the Cure (#60 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Climbing to the Moon
LINEUP: Mark Everett, Nonathan Norton and a lot of guests such as Jon Brion, T-Bone Burnett, Lisa Germano, Grant-Lee Phillips, etc.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An album that mixes sadness in its subject matter with at times uplifting music, all in a way for Everett to cope with heavy losses he suffered.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It starts with a haunting song using lyrics found in his sister’s diary – the sister who later committed suicide. Then “Cancer for the Cure” talks about his mother’s terminal disease. You’d have every right to think that this is a morose, depressing album.
Well, the subject matter is dark and grim, but in a way Everett doesn’t allow the music to sink into the grimness. The album has a life, and a fresh breath, and no doubt Everett coped with the loss of his closest family members in his own way, by making music live for them.
It’s quite remarkable that there’s beauty in this sadness, loss, and grief. The album transcends that though, and in doing so, transcends life and death.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Baby Genius” is about Everett’s father, a brilliant physicist that died young.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A: Just a great collection of songs celebrating life and mourning death.