16 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Conor Oberst has never been afraid to take his indie-folk project Bright Eyes in unexpected directions, and this collection of odds and ends illustrates what a multifaceted songwriter he truly is. Distorted electro-funk nuggets like “I Will Be Grateful for This Day” sit next to noisy freak-outs like the Daniel Johnston cover “Devil Town,” but Oberst still leaves plenty of room for caustic folk strummers like “The Vanishing Act” and “Seashell Tale,” delivering that classic Bright Eyes dejection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Conor Oberst has never been afraid to take his indie-folk project Bright Eyes in unexpected directions, and this collection of odds and ends illustrates what a multifaceted songwriter he truly is. Distorted electro-funk nuggets like “I Will Be Grateful for This Day” sit next to noisy freak-outs like the Daniel Johnston cover “Devil Town,” but Oberst still leaves plenty of room for caustic folk strummers like “The Vanishing Act” and “Seashell Tale,” delivering that classic Bright Eyes dejection.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
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100 Ratings

EastBlueHouse ,

I am so happy to see the other reviews. (read this review fully)

I am so happy that Conor Oberst decided to release this as his follow up to ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘Digital Ash’. It's almost like with this cd he was hoping to loose all the trendy pop-stricken trash that had their clutches held tightly to 'Wide Awake'. Because after reading some of the other reviews it's clear that with this album the majority of people who liked 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' and based Bright Eyes entire sound around that cd are realizing he isn't one dimensional like every other band that is stuffed down their throats. Now when he releases his next cd in spring there will be enough copies to suffice the actual Bright Eyes fans, not the ones that saw him on television and thought they were going to turn 'emo' by listening to it. I even think somebody actually said about Conor "Not really living up to being the Next Bob Dylan.". Are you kidding me? Please mope back down the sidewalk with your friends and your laptops and try and find another band that you can pigeon hold and tell girls about so they think your depressed/lonely/sad/ and yearning for love. But if what you looking for is some rare(actually not that rare, being one even shows up on 'A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997') songs by an artist who has composed some of the best song in the last ten years, then buy this. If you have listened to and enjoyed Bright Eyes' previous releases than buy this. If the first Bright Eyes cd you ever bought was 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' at a WalMart and dislike or hate any of his previous recordings (or haven't bothered to find them, because you have to look further than the 'This Week's Hot List' at your local record store) then don't bother buying this album because your not going to enjoy it. And anyone that doesn't factor in Amy In The White Coat as one of the greatest all time songs, I pity you.

charchar2248 ,

Amazing

I absolutely love Bright Eyes and most other Saddle Creek artists. This album is a great potpourri of differeent Bright Eyes' sounds; a great show of the evolution the band has undergone. But, if you haven't bought or heard any Bright Eyes songs until this point, this wouldn't be the first album I'd reccomend. Start with "I'm Wide Awake..." or "Lifted...". But if you're already a diehard fan like me, go for it. (Even though I have friends who burnt me a CD with these songs on it a while ago, I'm still buying it so Conor Oberst gets paid for his music.)

Jack Willows ,

conor's voice has taken permanent residence in my head

i have been listening to this album nonstop since it arrived on my doorstep a few days ago. i absolutely love it. i would even say that i like it more than im wide awake its morning at this point.... but then again maybe that is just because i have listened to that album about 500 times. some of the songs that i like the best on this album are soon you will be leaving your man, blue angels airshow, and seashell tale. i already had drunk kid catholic but i really like that song too. i do wish that the song "its cool we can still be friends" wasnt just a vinyl only song... even though i already have it, it would be cool if other bright eyes fans who maybe dont have limewire could here it too. oh, and i dont understand why they put feb 15 on this album when it was already on a collection of songs 95-97... i already had it from one full length album, toss it and make room for a song we dont already have... anyway.... for anybody who loves bright eyes as much as i do.... well you probably already have this album if thats the case.... but if you are new at least get fevers and mirrors first... i love that album.

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