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Fevers & Mirrors

Bright EyesAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People’s Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which ... Read more in Amazon's Bright Eyes Store

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  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00004TRWE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,858 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace
2. A Scale, A Mirror And Those Indifferent Clocks
3. The Calender Hung Itself...
4. Something Vague
5. The Movement Of A Hand
6. Arienette
7. When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass
8. Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh
9. The Center Of The World
10. Sunrise, Sunset
11. An Attempt To Tip The Scales
12. A Song To Pass The Time

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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Judging by the reviews on Amazon for Connor's latest releases, there has been an incredible amount of backlash against Bright Eyes. Yes, the Jay Leno performance and the whole Winona thing were a bit much. And yes, it is insulting to Bob Dylan to be compared to Connor Oberst or anyone other than Bob Dylan, but come on.

If Connor is now considered mainstream, then I am hard-pressed to find an artist more emotive, but not necessarily sincere, than he is in the wasteland that is pop music today. I remember being in college and being given this record by a dear friend who was from Omaha and attended the same high school as Oberst. Connor's music was very dear to him and I decided to give Fevers a try. What I discovered was something truly special.

This album changed my perspective on music and broadened my horizons past classic and radio-friendly rock into lots of truly wonderful indie music. This is coming from a guy who used to believe that Nirvana's In Utero was the best album ever produced in the 90's (it is damn good though).

I believe Connor was only 19 when he wrote and recorded this material and I will be surprised if he ever surpasses it. From the first track through the last, there is nothing on this album that I would ever skip over. I don't know if this says more about me than I'd care to admit, but I'm 24 now and I still relate to this material.

If you've ever been clinically depressed, then you may instantly connect with this album because it is sincere in it's depression, as others have accused it of faking. They've obviously never been "there". I agree with a previous reviewer, I own many, many albums and this will always be placed near the top of my collection.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Justice too long delayed is justice denied. May 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I imagine that one day in the eventuality of history some person will rediscover Conor's work and give it the respect it deserves. But I fear we will have to suffer through the incredibly uninformed and confused reviews of our lesser contemporaries until then. This is in my opinion the best Bright Eyes album offered to date. Like other reviewers, I discovered it late, after a gift of "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" sparked my interest in the band, or - more appropriately - the man.

It is everything a great album should be: haunting, brilliantly written, passionately performed. Criticism of Conor's voice is just, but only if you miss the point: nobody, nowhere, has any illusions about his voice. Some people, like myself, genuinely like it for its unique and honest qualities. But we'll be the first to admit that it wouldn't meet even the low bar set for American Idol contestants. That's the whole point of the appeal. While many musicians are 8/10's voice and 2/10's substance, Conor Oberst is 7/10's substance and 3/10's voice.

One reviewer ignorantly compared him to Eliot Smith, whom he shares zero similarities with. They're missing the point. Calling the music on Fevers & Mirrors too embellished and not honest is a joke - how many contemporary singers are really feeling what they're singing or shape their lyrics from their experiences? Not many. Conor has openly stated that he makes up stories to make his songs passionate; he fancies himself some kind of narrator to a great tragedy. Some of his songs are based around his own experiences, but he is by and large just playing a part in his music. Criticism of that, like the other, is missing the point. What he does isn't "lying" (for it to be such, he would have to claim his brother was really drowned in a tub, etc.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand how music can be this good February 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
... but it is. 5 stars? No. 5 million. When I bought this cd, I already had favorite bands. I already had albums that made me cry or gave that feeling which is deeper than tearful. I already had memorized a million songs and been mesmorized by them. And then, I found Bright Eyes. Conor Oberst writes and performs with such intensity, and I have come to the conclusion that he is God. This album makes you think. It makes you impressively and beatifully depressed. You fetus on the shower floor and sob, singing "And then the bridge disappears and I'm standing on air, with nothing holding me..." I can't get enough of it. Buy it. And don't even wait to buy Letting Off The Happiness, Every Day And Every Night, and A collection of Songs... Buy them all right now, and while you are at it, buy some stuff by Cursive and The Faint. When you get this massive package, become obsessed with one album at a time. Let yourself become really, hopelessly infatuated with each song on each album before you move on to the next. And if you were not a depressed neurotic freak to begin with, you will be a classic when you're done.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought indie rock was dead... January 7, 2001
By Mats
Format:Audio CD
If you're like me, you have grown bored of all the Sebadoh clones out there by now. All the "I-will-out-lo-fi-your-ass!" bands out there have mostly brought the genre a bad name like sequels have soiled horror films in general. Most of the true music lovers out there have probably given up on the genre when the industry started popping out CDs like "Now THAT's indie rock Vol.6". But in the few recent years a few true gems have emerged from all the dust that has accumulated on the racks of your favorite local music store. One of these gems and the ones who, according to me, really bring new spirit to the music is Bright Eyes.
Yes, some of the songs are REALLY lo-fi (television in the background?) and the frail vocals and "dollar-store-budget" production give it the standard sound. But, dear Jesus, how innovative the end result is! Amidst the beautiful melodies and the powerful, poetic texts we are offered moments of pure brilliance not usually found on this type of recording which elevate the album (and the group for that matter) over the rest. The possibilities with sounds and voices are really explored to the fullest and sometimes extremely inventive ("An attempt to tip the scales" is really the song one should hear to that affect. To witness the track go from a melodious song to a disturbing interview is amazing). None of it is flashy and these great moments punctuate the album to the tee, making it a beautiful listen, without a moment of boredom, from beginning to end.
Describing the Bright Eyes sound on the other hand, is no easy task. The best possible comparison I could make is to the films of Harmony Korine. If any of you are familiar with and enjoy his films, you will truely feel at home listening to Bright Eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Eyes Best
Hands down my favorite Bright Eyes album. The songs go from one end of an emotional spectrum to the other and back again, exploring everything in between.
Published 23 days ago by Kitty
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing album full of emotion
This album is wonderfull. The entire album is a really melancholic story, full of madness and emotion. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gustavo Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars So happy!
Got this record today and love it! It includes two double sided vinyls and also a CD version of the album which I wasn't expecting so that was a fun surprise! Read more
Published 7 months ago by McKinzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great on album Greater on vinyl
If you like Bright Eyes and have never heard this album... you don't know Bright Eyes. One of their best right here. Even better on vinyl.
Published 9 months ago by Slade Thomas Kolb
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, Wow, Wow.
I'm not sure anyone can say anything that hasn't been said before about this true masterpiece. If you're new to Conor Oberst or Bright Eyes, there really isn't a bad place to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by GO
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for every heartbroken, melancholy adolescent
If you are experiencing a bad bout of depression or a terrible breakup that's left you feeling awful... this album will be your shoulder to cry on. Read more
Published on June 21, 2012 by Clementine
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
So glad to have one of my favorite albums on vinyl... finally. Thank you so much for rereleasing this. Great quality vinyl and truly beautiful sound.
Published on May 30, 2012 by mandyatlarge
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Emotional Music
In my opinion, one of the most brilliant and moving albums of all time.
If you're into emotional, sentimental, sad music, you will most likely love this album; if not, you... Read more
Published on June 4, 2011 by questionmarked
5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy
Great album, insert was a little scratched, but it was what you'd expect from a second hand CD. Otherwise, very happy!
Published on August 7, 2010 by Cody
1.0 out of 5 stars this band is going nowhere, but on an emo cry myself fest
i liked one song on this whole album, my ex boyfriend recommended it to me, but it sucks. whiney poem like lyrics lacking a chorus from conor oberst, as for the drumming and... Read more
Published on October 30, 2009 by lydia_online
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