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Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

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Mark Oliver Everett finally delivers the absolute stone masterpiece fans have always known lurked inside his dour heart. Blinking Lights and Other Revelations is ambitious as hell — a two-CD, cradle-to-grave journey through one unlucky man’s life. The songs are varied and tremendous: ”Ugly Love” sounds like Randy Newman with a soul, while ”The Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight” feels as old and noble as a Stephen Foster standard. Tom Waits and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck stop by, but this is Everett’s show all the way, with a measured ascension toward grace that is almost unbearably moving.