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Album Review

For his second split release with fellow Omaha songwriter Joe Knapp (recording as Son, Ambulance), Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst and his rotating crew of talented musicians proudly offer up four striking new originals. Contributing the same number of tracks, Son, Ambulance introduces a unique musical perspective as Knapp's jerky guitar and piano-based compositions float along with his lazy high-range vocals, producing a sound akin to more upbeat Belle & Sebastian recordings. The album opening "Brown Park" is an uplifting childlike ride, and Knapp's final submission of "Katie Come True" proves that he's nearly as talented as Oberst when it comes to pop songwriting. Bright Eyes' contributions are equally engaging, and again prove that a penchant for a bit of melodrama can be overlooked in the company of startling and confessional lyric writing. Backed by what may be his best band to date, Oberst's songs are brought to life with the help of producer Mike Mogis and flutist Jiha Lee, whose contributions are particularly transcendent on tracks like "Going for the Gold" and in the explosive resolution of "Kathy With a K's Song." Oh Holy Fools is a magnificent showcase of two uniquely gifted singer/songwriters, and if you're a fan of one it's almost safe to guarantee that the other will also blow you away. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Short but Sweet

Not to downplay the Son, Ambulance tracks, BUT! This ep contains four of the greatest Bright Eyes songs ever written. If you have heard any of the recent songs from Bright Eyes, you should invest some money in this because "Oh, You are the Roots..." and "Kathy With a K's Song" are argueably his best love songs.


This album is a phenomenal mix of the two bands. Although there are only 7 tracks on the entire album, the quality of each song makes up for it. If you are looking for a great cd for a long road trip, then you are going to want to purchase this great album. It's one of my favorites.

Well Worth It

I was never a huge fan of Son, Ambulance but this album does both bands great justice to those that say these bands have close to no talent. Katie Come True is a beautiful melodic but soft spoken ballad which gets right to you on those lazy days when you just want to sit and read a book and listen to great music. Going for the Gold is a good song by Bright Eyes but, i believe a lot of people are under-estimating the beauty and heart in the lyrics for No Lies, Just Love. Speaking of a newborn baby and the innocence which will be corrupted with time and the realization of things lost is a great subject because we've basically all lost any innocence, not because the world but because it just is part of becoming an older individual and being. If you take the time to listen to the music (the flute and piano are gorgeous) and lyrics of both bands youre bound to find at least two things you love.


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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