12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Conor Oberst’s second album as Bright Eyes cemented the image of indie-folk as a bastion of intense oversharing, braiding the intimacy of singer/songwriters with the urgency of punk. From the searing (“The Calendar Hung Itself”) to the serene (“Something Vague”), the overarching feeling here is one of incredible stakes, a place where nothing means anything and everything means something. But for as raw as his presence was, Oberst’s imagery often felt dreamy, a Victorian world of spindles and lockets that hummed behind his stark Midwestern scenes like ghosts—a kind of Nebraskan companion to Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Conor Oberst’s second album as Bright Eyes cemented the image of indie-folk as a bastion of intense oversharing, braiding the intimacy of singer/songwriters with the urgency of punk. From the searing (“The Calendar Hung Itself”) to the serene (“Something Vague”), the overarching feeling here is one of incredible stakes, a place where nothing means anything and everything means something. But for as raw as his presence was, Oberst’s imagery often felt dreamy, a Victorian world of spindles and lockets that hummed behind his stark Midwestern scenes like ghosts—a kind of Nebraskan companion to Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
149 Ratings
149 Ratings
Pretty ,

Indescribably Satisfying

I am very picky about buying albums. Even artist's I like have a knack for putting albums out with nine bad songs mixing in maybe two or three great songs. I don't buy it if that's the case (and it makes for hard album shopping.) It's not the case with this album. Not in the slightest. Every song is beautiful. Not too depressing not too spunky. I don't find myself deciding, "Uhm, this song needs to be forwarded through so we can move on." The thing that makes this album unique is Conor's ear for everyday, but unique, noises and sounds in which he sculpts his music around. The other unique thing about this album is Conor’s dissection and projection of our own emotions. On my first listen through “A Song to Pass the Time” caught me off guard and even made me cry in-between doing dishes and sorting laundry. The whole album is a written masterpiece. This album brings reality, a world of emotion, and satisfaction to my ears. Seriously, an amazing album.

JennyJenJen ,

Best one yet!

This is my favorite Bright Eyes album and anyone who actually listens to it knows why. Every song is something different and beautiful. Songs like Haligh and The Calender Hung Itself will be favorites for years to come. Purchase this album! It is the pinnacle of Bright Eye's glory.

Quyen ,

Music As I Know It

Never has a song conveyed such sadness and angst that I unconciously associate the my sadness to a song. When Conor is spilling his heart, I almost wince, not because it's bad but because, wow, he must hurt. This album has songs such as The Calender Hung Itself and Haligh, which everyone must hear.

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