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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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Contributed by: SideLinedForLifeSideLinedForLife
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Bright Eyes consist of way too many members to count, but if their was one that I need to mention it would be the genius Conor Oberst. Conor as many of you already know provides the vocals, accoustic guitar, and the insightful lyrics just to name a few things he does. This album fully generates.
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Bright Eyes consist of way too many members to count, but if their was one that I need to mention it would be the genius Conor Oberst. Conor as many of you already know provides the vocals, accoustic guitar, and the insightful lyrics just to name a few things he does. This album fully generates a depressed environment for its listeners, and while the lyrics are nothing short of mind blowing they challenge you to listen closely but allow you to interpret them however you like. In fact I wouldn't be hesitant to say that these lyrics are some of the best I've ever heard. In the book they are plotted down like a story which just adds to the feel. I've seriously contemplated that some of these lyrics are in fact genius. To give you a feel of them try this one from the song "False Advertising."

In a house, by myself, I hear the ice start to melt, and watch the rooftops weep for the sunlight. And I know what must change. Fuck my face. Fuck my name. They are brief and false advertisements for a soul I dont have. Something true I have lacked and spent my whole life trying to make up for.

Still not satisfied try this one from "Nothing Gets Crossed Out."

. The future has got me worried such awful thoughts. My head is a carousel of pictures. The spinning never stops. I just want someone to walk in front and I'll follow the leader. Like when I fell under the weight of a schoolboy crush. Started carrying her books and doing lots of drugs.

As I was saying the lyrics are in short amazing, and really can only be appreciated if you're listening to the music too. The only thing I was slightly dissapointed with was that they were not as good as Bright Eyes previous release, "Fevers and Mirrors."

The music has an odd change in this release because it has more songs focused on the use of many instruments including: Clarinet, piano, cello, harmonica, french horn, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, violin, keyboards, ect. A coulple of songs were even leaning towards a bluegrass sound which caught me off guard. Amazingly they managed to pull it off creating that folk sound, but providing the same feel when you listen. No comical interviews are found in this cd, but I will tell you that in False Advertising 3/4 the way through something very humorous happens during the song. Lastly the music is just brilliant whether its slow or picked up a little bit I have to congratulate all the musicians that participated on the record and say they did a wonderful job.

I'm not going to discorage anyone from buying this record because while it may be slow to your run of the mill punk rock even the hardcore kids may enjoy this gem. Conor Oberst is on the right track to becoming very known, and believe me he deserves all the credit he may get. I recommend this to everyone because I know this will reach a spot in my top ten of the year when its all said and done.

 

 
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clcsqueejy04 (December 29, 2011)

Not that you didn't use any, just that some sentences were impossible. Still, solid review.

clcsqueejy04 (December 29, 2011)

Good review, and I dig the album, but seriously man, you need to use commas. Trying to make sense of some of those sentences was damn-near impossible.

Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

drugs R good.
-nofx

Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

anonymous,
Good.
love,
me

Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

you suck well...very well.

Anonymous (October 22, 2002)

the only band on saddle creek that I absolutly can't stand is the Faint...who's horrible idea were they?

dude...the faint are so much fun. no what i usually go for, but it's nice to have change.

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

Actually Jimi they sound way different. moron.

Anonymous (October 15, 2002)

"cursive do not sound like fugazi much different"

WHAT!? Not make sense you don't...

but if you're trying to say that Cursive doesn't sound like Fugazi, you're wrong...

try listening to Fugazi and then comment...

Jimi

Anonymous (October 14, 2002)

this is an amazing CD. thats really all you can say about it.

Anonymous (October 13, 2002)

pootie tang is the best movie ever

sine your pitty on the runny kine

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

I'm a girl and when a guy calls me a bitch I go down on him. Cuz I'm just a silly co-dependent. Uh oh I better go I'm not allowed to go on the computer cuz jimmy says he'll take a coat hanger and give me another abortion. Twat

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

opps i didnt realise i gave this band 10 .......

Anonymous (October 11, 2002)

cursive do not sound like fugazi much different

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

Sepatown! Sadatay! Capachow! Signyopityontherunnykine!- Mr.B

Anonymous (October 10, 2002)

uh....................ok.............bitch.

Anonymous (October 9, 2002)

I'm a girl and I know that when a guy refers to me as a bitch, it just makes me want to jump his bones right then and there. Homophobia is also sooo attractive.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

I wouldn't call Cursive original by any means...they seem to have taken a cue or two from Fugazi's play book...

but that doesn't mean they're not one of the best bands making music today...Tim writes inspired music and it shows...I haven't been dissapointed by him yet...

The Good Life are amazing as well, and show a totally different side of his musical endevours...

the only band on saddle creek that I absolutly can't stand is the Faint...who's horrible idea were they?

new Jurrasic 5 came out today...i hope everyone has purchased this gem of an album...

Jimi

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

maybe their so obviously bitches cause your so obviously a dick

unconcerned (October 8, 2002)

About as original and inspiring as blink 182 right (but just in their own subgenre of this so called music scene)

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Holy shit that is so correct. Cursive is one of the most original bands Ive heard.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

no decent saddle creek bands? CURSIVE is better than most bands out there. And by the way the two top albums of the year are Bright Eyes and HWM's Caution.

unconcerned (October 8, 2002)

it would be easier to not refer to them as bitches if they weren't so obviously bitches

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

maybe you could get the bitches if you didn't refer to them as bitches.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

If you want to make Bob Dylan comparisons, you should all listen to them and go listen to the original. Why settle for this derivative garbage? I'm not a fan of Dylan but shit, this is just gay. Forget Dylan and this fembot, and listen to Elliot smith.

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

Finally a review of Bright Eyes that made no reference to "how much" Conor and his band sound like Bob Dylan...Thanks

And to everyone who says Bright Eyes is folk music should go look up the definition in the dictionary...

Oh, and a great review...I have had "Fevers and Mirrors" for quite some time and never really liked it...I bought the most recent ep and couldn't get into that either...this review makes me want to pick this new album up anyway....

Jimi

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

"Maybe I could get the bitches if I could only find one fucking decent band on saddle "

Maybe its your homophobia, and calling girls bitches that leaves you wondering why you live in a cabin in the woods.

unconcerned (October 8, 2002)

BAH!

Music that only girls and gays can appreciate.

Maybe I could get the bitches if I could only find one fucking decent band on saddle creek records. (bitches dig bands on saddle creek for some unknown reason)

I know if any girl ever made me a mix tape/cd with this band on it I would be forced to never speak to her again (and possibly make her eat it)

Anonymous (October 8, 2002)

i was going to review this back before it was released. that was... how many months ago? god i suck. the albums alright, it is no fevers and mirrors. i hate to say it but people are just pumping bright eyes up too much these days, though they (or he, depending as how you see it) are still really good.

StabbingGoldfish (October 8, 2002)

good review. I love this record, as stated in my review. I'm glad there are two reviews on this site praising this record. It will encourage more people to pick it up.

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