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
Kitkat46 ,

Good stuff- great lyrics

I did not get the obsession over this guy. I saw tons of dylan references and read a couple articles in RS magazine. But I listened to tons of his stuff and heard nothing but a bad singer and whimsical lyrics.
But one day I really listened to his lyrics, and I tried to decipher the meanings, and I found that all of his songs are extremely poetic, meaningful, and applicable to everyday life. His songs really do have the early dylan protest song vibe.

Laika&the7kettles ,

Love.

This was my first Bright Eyes album. And it continues to be my favorite. End of story. (also listen to "loose leaves" on the "there's no beginnig to the story" ep)

Patrick O'Keeffe ,

Please remove the itunes review

I can not believe that the review listed here was allowed to be published - this should be replaced by any one of the customer reviews - the itunes review is inaccurate and unfair - and it compares this album to Radiohead and Blur, which bear no resemblance to the sound of this album - did the person writing this even listen to the album? Bright Eyes is far and away one of the most unique bands out today, so if a comment is made implying that they are ripping someone off, it really should be backed up. Obviously, every listener will have their own opinion, and not everyone will love this album, but if you are going to criticize the album at least put some thought into it - Radiohead and Blur?

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