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.
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)