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Conor Oberst had far too much weight put on him at an early age. He’s spent most of his career trying to diffuse expectations while still crafting music that speaks from his heart and soul. By recording with his Bright Eyes buddies — Nate Wolcott and Mike Mogis — Oberst quickly reaches the comfort zone. “Jejune Stars” and “Triple Spiral” capture Oberst’s ebullient bounce with cheesy keyboards and beats borrowed from an ‘80s new-wave disco ensemble. “Beginner’s Mind” adds even more reverb for a plush Depeche Mode-like dream. “Approximate Sunlight” turns to doom-laden, stripped-down indie rock with the crashing of radio waves opening the space. It’s a Midwestern indie-rock band’s interpretation of reggae. Rastafarian spiritual ideas can be heard laced throughout the album. “A Machine Spiritual (In the People’s Key)” is a futuristic Oberst recalling the Clash’s Joe Strummer during his Sandinista! period. Texas musician Randy Brewer contributes rambling spoken- word pieces that serve as dramatic devices, introducing the album’s “Firewall” and closing up “One for You, One for Me.”

Customer Reviews

PITCHFORK. Shame on you.

deeply dissapointed with the guys over at pitchfork who didnt like this. I Really Like this and I think 99% of Bright Eyes fans will love this. My #1 pick of the year. Excited to hear the new Radiohead album though. Really hope its not the last

bright eyes

im crying right now. the emotional impact of a band that has finally come together has reached my soul. i can look at the world now and finally feel no judgement and no withstanding fear. that is what this album has done to me.


Bright eyes has come full circle. Happy birthday Conor


Formed: 1995 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although many musicians have joined the band's rotating lineup, Bright Eyes is primarily the songwriting vehicle of Conor Oberst, a quivery-voiced Nebraska native who first attracted attention in 1994 -- when he was only 14 years old -- as the singer and guitarist for Commander Venus. Oberst proved to be a prolific musician, joining multiple bands (including Commander Venus, the Magentas, Park Ave., and Desaparecidos) while also co-founding Saddle Creek, an influential label that helped broadcast...
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