Bright Eyes - Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (Cover Artwork)

Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes: Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The GroundLifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground (2002)
Saddle Creek Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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This cd begins similarly to their last full-length, not with music, but with a conversation between two people. As the song continues the conversation fades and Conor and his acoustic guitar enter. This intro song is about eight minutes long and features just vocals and acoustic guitar. It's a prett.
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This cd begins similarly to their last full-length, not with music, but with a conversation between two people. As the song continues the conversation fades and Conor and his acoustic guitar enter. This intro song is about eight minutes long and features just vocals and acoustic guitar. It's a pretty decent song to start of this cd.

The next song, "Method Acting" is where this cd starts to get really good. The song flows really well and the lyrics are great. This song features the whole band, complete with drums, guitar, etc.

My favorite song on this entire disc, "You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will." appears at number four. The song begins with a simple couple of chords and Conor's soothing voice. Conor's lyrics never fail to impress me. Here's a short quote from this amazing song: "And if by morning I'd forgotten you / Well, no big deal, that'd be all right / 'Cause you're the re-occurring kind / You are the re-occurring kind / You never really leave my mind" The song then kicks into the chorus with several different instruments playing all at once. It's really hooks you into the song.

Next Up is "Lover I Don't Have to Love." I was hooked on this song from the very first measure. The piano/keyboard into is nothing short of amazing. It's super catchy and then before you know it the violins kick it and provide the backbone to the chorus. The second verse is just the powerful drumbeat combine with Conor's vocals. This is probably the second most powerful song on this disc.

"Laura Laurent" is the most different song I've heard form Bright Eyes so far. This song is basically a country song. It starts off with slide guitars and your basic country feel. This is not exactly a bad thing, but it's not really my cup of tea, and this tends to be about the only song on the disc I skip. "Make War" also has a slight country feel too, but I like it a bit more that "Laura Laurent."

Other stand-out tracks include "Bowl of Oranges", "Don't Know When But a Day is Gonna Come" and "Waste of Paint." All in all this is an amazing album. Upon purchasing this disc I had a lot of expectations towards it, seeing how their last full length disc "Fevers and Mirrors" is an almost perfect record. This cd fulfilled every expectation I had, and then some. I love this cd, there is little else too it. I've been listening to this cd for like 2 weeks straight. I'd suggest it to just about anyone, but especially to Bright Eyes fans. Conor doesn't dissappoint.

Track Listing:
1. The Big Picture
2. Method Acting
3. False Advertising
4. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.
5. Lover I Don't Have to Love
6. Bowl of Oranges
7. Don't Know When But a Day is Gonna Come
8. Nothing Gets Crossed Out
9. Make War
10. Waste of Paint
11. From a Balance Beam
12. Laura Laurent
13. Let's Not Shit Ourselves (to Love and to Be Loved)


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Brand New - Deja EntenduBright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning / Digital Ash In A Digital UrnWeezer - PinkertonAlkaline Trio - GoddamnitAgainst Me! - is Reinventing Axl RoseBlink-182 - Blink 182Alkaline Trio - Maybe I'll Catch FireJimmy Eat World - ClarityGreen Day - DookieDesaparecidos - Read Music / Speak Spanish

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Anonymous (January 20, 2003)

I'm not surprised to see negative reviews of this album, given it's a punk website. But this album is just amazing, especially considering Conor's age. But it's definitely folk rock...AP magazine said it best- Gen. Y, you have found your Bob Dylan. "Don't know when But a Day's Gonna Come" has floored everyone I've played it for, male or female. Don't be afraid to admit you have emotions, guys.


rachypoo (October 9, 2002)

bright eyes is amazing and if you cant accept his art for what it is - something beautiful and unbelievable - then i think you should listen to it again. i dont want everyone to love bright eyes and rant and rave about how great conor is [although that would be nice] cuz not everyone has to like the same thing, but if you can accept that it is good and that conor is talented i think i can be satisfyed.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

conor oberst is an awesome and insightful songwriter who isn't afraid to pour himself on the line. Half of the shit you guys listens to is trivial bullshit. This guy is the real deal. If you like conor, then listen to desaparecidos. They are just as fuckin good.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

Nice post 3 times in a row. It was too obivious that the 3 post below me by Anonymous are by the same person. Fucking pathetic loser.

Anonymous (October 7, 2002)

You guys are nothing but a group of girls

BAH... no self respecting man would be caught dead listening to this garbage

Anonymous (October 6, 2002)

yes. the dude below me is right.

Anonymous (October 6, 2002)

Blah fucking blah. Just listen to elliot smith.

Anonymous (October 6, 2002)

the 2 people that have a conversation at the beginning are Jenny Lewis & Blake Sennett of Rilo kiley. . the newest band to sign to saddle creek [ and the only one out of omaha i think.. they're from los angeles. ]

if you get a chance, download either the execution of all things [ title track from the new album that came out last week. ] or pictures of success [ off of the old album that was on Barsuk. ]

amazing band, really. yes

and i didn't like this bright eyes album as much as fevers and mirrors.. it just didn't sit well with me, like fevers and mirrors did.

Luzzew (October 6, 2002)

No one (besides the guy below me) said Neil Young didn't write good lyrics. However, if we are to praise him for his lyrical abilities, should we not also praise Conor Oberst for his? There are many good lyricists, and just because one is better than another, in the opinion of one person, it does not mean that we should say that one is unworthy of praise because another is deemed to be better.

Good lyrics are worth more than good music any day... lots of people can play a great guitar solo, but good lyrics are much harder to come by...


Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

I saw Bright Eyes live last night, and I have to say it was the most amazing show I've ever seen. Conner had a 15 piece band behind him, and it was simply incredible. Baritone, french horn, trumpet, violin, cello, slide guitar, xylophone, keyboard, and 3 drummers. If you have a chance to see him live, do by all means or you will definately regret it. They played mostly songs off this CD, and I hadn't even heard it yet, but it was the most incredible thing I'd ever heard.

StabbingGoldfish (October 5, 2002)

to the anonymous posted 2 below...
I don't think anyone is "worring"

Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

neil young is probably better than everything that has ever been reviewed on this site...


Anonymous (October 5, 2002)

Dont worry everyone mine will be here soon

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

what about stills?


Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

James Taylor, maybe. But Neil Young? You need to leave now..

abileneINlove (October 4, 2002)

The stuttered vocal delivery, the uncomfortably disturbing lyrical content (i.e. "Like when I fell under the weight of a school boy crush / started carrying her books and doing lots of drugs..." creepy), the four step country, the chamber pop fantasy swirling!

An uninterrupted flow of maddness, drunkeness, and poetry.

I applaud Sir Oberst.

The review however, is completely obnoxious and needs be deleted from the site. Leave the reviews for the reviewers, kiddo.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

come on, havent you people heard james taylor? or neil young? this shit is awful compared to that. vox arent bad, and conors a nice dude and all, but come on, people should not worship this.

Anonymous (October 4, 2002)

The EP that came out before this is also worth picking up for the songs not on here. I can't believe "We are free men" didn't make the album.


Luzzew (October 4, 2002)

This album was OK... I mean, some songs are great (You will, Let's Not Shit Ourselves), but Fevers and Mirrors blows it AWAY, totally...

However, Let's Not Shit Ourselves (to Love and Be Loved) is an amazing song, and I urge you all to at least download it......

Just waiting for the new Bright Eyes album...


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