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Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes: Fevers And MirrorsFevers And Mirrors (2000)
Saddle Creek Records

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Who likes Dashboard Confessional? Who thinks Elliott Smith and Modest Mouse are indie rock's best? Who's prepared to be blown away? To those who answered yes, I introduce to you Conor Oberst. I have been following Conor and his band of heart broken minstrels through 4 CD's, and "Fevers And Mirrors.
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Who likes Dashboard Confessional? Who thinks Elliott Smith and Modest Mouse are indie rock's best? Who's prepared to be blown away? To those who answered yes, I introduce to you Conor Oberst. I have been following Conor and his band of heart broken minstrels through 4 CD's, and "Fevers And Mirrors," is their best to date.

To those unfamiliar with Bright Eyes, most of their work is Conor and his acoustic guitar but with "Fevers and Mirrors," they branch out and use eclectic intruments as well as the basic rock set.

While the music on this album is nothing less than phenomenal, the real focus are the lyrics. For example: "I dragged your ghost across the country and we plotted out my death and every city would whisper, 'Here is where you rest...'" This stuff is so honest and so direct and so hard hitting it shouldn't be passed up next time you visit the record store. The lyrics continue on like this throughout the entire record painting a bleak and disturbing picture that will keep you up at night.

This album made me so paranoid (I was reading "Farewell To Arms" at the same time) that I barely left my room for a whole weekend. It is truly amazing and it is an experience and a look at the human condition and it is beautifully disturbing.

 

 
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Jekyl (November 10, 2005)

This album is where Conor Oberst really started to show off what a prolific singer/songwriter he is. One of the most emotionally sincere albums that I've ever heard.

Anonymous (August 20, 2005)

Why the flip is this on PUNKnews.org???!!!!

Anonymous (December 23, 2004)

wow. i never thought i'd see the day, where this crap's compared to hemingway.

Anonymous (November 2, 2004)

i only leave my room to go grocery shopping and play shows. i read lots of books too. does that make me stylishly paranoid?

KORKIE (September 24, 2004)

Does any one no the lyrics for the first song?? Before the actual song starts??? Thanks

Anonymous (September 11, 2004)

Wait, wait, wait... I thought the interview was hilarious (and actually made my brother laugh so hard that it convinced him to give the music a chance) but was it really not him? It sounds like him (or from what I can tell from the vocals and the few words he speaks at their shows)... But if it's really just a friend immitating him... That might be even funnier.

Anyways, a-fucking-mazing album. A Scale, A Mirror and Those Indifferent Clocks has a melody resemblant of a Pink Floyd song that I can't place... If anyone knows what the hell I'm talking about help me out here... (and, no, it's not Money or Wish You Were Here)

Amazing lyrics, as always, and each song has its own unique style to it. I've shared this album with a lot of people and regardless of their initial musical preference, almost every one of them pointed out one song that they couldn't help but really enjoy.

Check it out and I'm betting that if you like it, you'll like it a lot. (and if you don't, you'll come here and complain, so, iss all good)

Anonymous (July 23, 2004)

Oberst, though clearly disturbed, has shown his true lyrical genius in Fevers and Mirrors. Although, I must agree that Bright Eyes and basically any Saddle Creek recording possesses very few similarities to Dashboard, or for that matter, Modest Mouse. Emotionally charged, and yet cannot be classified as "Emo" due to it's eclectic nature. Good Album, but not Oberst's best.

Anonymous (January 19, 2004)

i don't know why people compare bright eyes to dashboard, they're not even slightly similar.

Anonymous (January 17, 2004)

oberst may not be my favorite, but he kicks carraba's ass every day of the week

-notaclevername

Anonymous (January 21, 2003)

this album is good.

in a very depressing way.

i seriously want to say my goodbyes to everyone.. just in case i dont see them again.. and then curl up in a ball and suck my thumb.. er something.

haligh. *shudder*

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

I love Hemingway. For Whom The Bell Tolls is the story of Robert Jordan, a brave Spanish Prof. from Montana who fights in the Spanishe Rev. at the end of the 1930's. It really has every thing, love, action, group conflicts, loalty, but how could that make you insane? It is just a good story written by a good writter. And Fevers and Mirrors is a good album. But why do you people feel the need to pretend your deep? I love Hemingway and Bright Eyes and you people sure make it feel cheap. I know this adds meaning to your lives but get one. Enjoy things for what they are. Not what other people will think of you. In fact I would go as far as to say that you are every thing wrong with this world. Fuck you.

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

TO the person who wrote this review:
I imagine that you think you are a very smart and sensitive person. As you wrote this review and commented on the "rock" instruments on the album, you waited in breathless anticipation for a bunch of 14 year olds with bad acne who sit on the inter net to go "Nice review BRO" and tell you how "EMO" and smart you sound. But I see through that and I realize that you are smug and trite. How could reading "A Farewell To Arms" make you paranoid? The book is about a young Italian-Amercian who fights with the Italians as a Lt. of an Ambulance company in W.W.I. He falls in love with a young Scottish nurse. After being wounded and then sent back to the front he becomes jaded with the war and runs away rather then face death at the hands of the battle police. He meets up with his love and they run away to Switzerland. She dies as she gives birth to his son and the son dies to. I can see how that could make you sad. But how could that make you paranoid. Or (more likely) you assumed all your pimple faced readers wouldn't know any better and just assume your smart because you had read Hemingway. Im not fooled. Steak head. Email me at Trebleclefhero@aol.com if you can explain yourself.

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

to the person who wrote the review:

Anonymous (June 2, 2002)

Conor Oberst, is probally the best lyracist in the buisness, indie & mainstream. He's not a great song writter though. Which is good, if he made his songs cute, he'd be a TRL darling like Mr. carrabba is becoming, nothing against dashboard, i've been a big fan since the drowning EP. This album is best to listen to when your by yourself, and driving at night. Also brighteyes puts on an amazing show. Usually a little drunk, but by far the best show i've seen.

emptycauses (May 28, 2002)

amazing cd, but hey, i love elliott and modest mouse

Anonymous (July 12, 2001)

that's not even him, that was his friend in the "interview"

Anonymous (July 11, 2001)

This album is a pretentious, whiney, sloppily played piece of shit. Don't waste your money on it. I might have kept it if it weren't for the fake interview at the end of the disk where he feels the need to explain all the records "symbolism". Buy Neutral Milk Hotel instead.

Anonymous (May 16, 2001)

Hemingway *and* Oberst's affected singing at the same time? You are braver than I, my friend...much, much braver. Oh well, at least it wasn't 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' and the new Bright Eyes...that may well have caused you to go insane or something.

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