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A collection of singles, one-offs, unreleased tracks, collaborations, and covers recorded between 1998 and 2005. Variously recorded to cassette four-track, mini-disc, reel-to-reel tape machine, ADAT and computer, these songs trace Bright Eyes' evolution from basement project to band of international repute. Many of these gems previously lost to out-of-print obscurity are hereby resurrected.

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"I've got no self control," Conor Oberst sings on "Spent on Rainy Days," one of the 16 rough-hewn tracks on this collection of Bright Eyes demos, unreleased tracks, and general bric-a-brac. As the young songwriter demonstrated with his wildly divergent 2005 releases, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (good) and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (er, not so much), he's extremely prolific, but that doesn't necessarily mean he should release everything he records. Accordingly, Noise Floor presents a mixed bag that will enthrall hardcore Conorites but leave others frequently reaching for the skip button in search of only the sharpest material--slow-burning ballads such "Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man," "Weather Reports," and the echo-laden "Bad Blood." --Aidin Vaziri

1. Mirrors And Fevers
2. I Will Be Grateful For This Day
3. Trees Get Wheeled Away
4. Drunk Kid Catholic
5. Spent On Rainy Days
6. The Vanishing Act
7. Soon You Will Be Leaving Your Man
8. Blue Angels Air Show
9. Weather Reports
10. Seashell Tale
11. Bad Blood
12. Amy In The White Coat
13. Devil Town
14. I'Ve Been Eating (For You)
15. Happy Birthday To Me (Feb. 15)
16. Motion Sickness

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B000I2IRAK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Rubsam on November 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I really was blown away by how good this album turned out to be. I'm serious when I say I was kind've turned off by the number of so-so reviews, but was I surprised by how well this album came together. Many of the songs are really well made, and the song-writing remains top-notch. Granted, this album won't convert any new listeners, but rarities albums never are ment for that. They give out new tracks when the artist is doing something else. And since all these songs are out-of-print, you really can't buy them anywhere else.

The actual quality is amazing. I really don't like recomending certain songs, because other people just download a couple of songs instead of getting the whole album, which is the point, isn't it? But I must point out some of the simply amazing 16 tracks- Drunk Kid Catholic is brilliant, Spent on Rainy Days has a feverish energy, The Vanishing Act is well made, and as a whole this album is worth buying for Bright Eyes fans. It should NOT be a first pick for someone who hasn't heard Connor Oberst before, but that's not why this album was released. A nice album for fans, though. And a standard for all rarities albums.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miles Rausch on January 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album had many songs that I've heard once or twice on the occassional odd EP I would discover on the internet and then lose. It has a great range of songwriting, and the liner notes include comments on the songs creation.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Mckinley on November 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In my experience compilations and "best of" CDs rarely function as a cohesive whole. That is why I was surprised that the songs on this album flowed together so well, especially since each song was recorded at a different time and for varying purposes.

My only complaint, as a die-hard Bright Eyes fan who also lacks a turntable, would be that the CD version is missing several tracks that are on the LP which can be purchased on the Saddle-Creek site.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samm. on April 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite Bright Eyes album. The lyrics are pure and honest. It has a very nice variety of styles, from songs that sound like they belong on Digital Ash to beautiful cover songs, my favourite cover being Devil Town. I think that this album was definitly worth buying, 100%. For me, the highlights of the album would have to be Happy Birthday to Me (February 15) and I've Been Eating (For You). The lyrics are wonderful and presented beautifully.
If you're just getting into Conor Oberst's stylistic writing then I recommend you buy I'm Wide Awake or Lifted but for the long-time Bright Eyes fan this would be #1 on my list.

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By Ian on January 7, 2008
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If you have been listening to bright eyes since the stone ages, and are obsessed with Connor Oberst's superior songwriting, you probably want to hear everything the band has to offer. One thing about most of Bright Eyes' albums is they all have a theme or a general sound. Instead of that, the Noise Floor is comprised of songs that were not bad, but were written at the wrong time to fit into the CD that was being written at the time. Then some songs are from way back in the past, one of them even dating back to 1998. Individually the songs are great, and some of my favorites. If you love any of Bright Eye's songs you will enjoy those of this album.
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By Jude the Obscure on September 2, 2014
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Highly angsty, weird, beautiful, depressing, and with "Amy in the White coat" just plain creepy, but still one of his bests in articulation and songwriting (although execution is still flawed, i.e. missed notes and string buzzes). It gets 5 stars though because you don't look to Bright Eyes for the best music necessarily, but emotions the disgruntled teenager embraces.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick on November 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This "new" release from Bright Eyes is actually pretty good. There were a couple tracks on the album that I had already heard sometime before, but some of the ones I hadn't heard before were terrific. Conor even has some guest appearences from such artists as M Ward, and Jimmy LaValle from the band otherwise known as The Album Leaf. Most of the songs are great, but i found a couple others to be kind of bland and boring. It's nice to hear some of the Bright Eyes songs I had never heard before. And it is true that the album somehow seems to all fit quiet nicely together although it is not an actual studio release. One of my favorite songs would have to be "I Will Be Grateful for This Day," and sounds kind of like a pre Digital Ash song although it really isn't. A song that does sound like it could have been directly off of Digital Ash was "Blue Angels Air Show." I found it amusing to see though the stage Conor was in when listening to each song. You can almost picture which album each song would've been on if they had been put onto one of hhis studio albums. The song "Bad Blood" really amazes me because it sounds like a song Bright Eyes would've made, but then I later find out that Jimmy from The Album Leaf is the one who made al the music for that song. That song has recently become one of my favorites off the album but it is kind of a dissapointment to find out that none of the music was recorded by Bright Eyes. If you're a big fan of Bright Eyes then you'd more than likely already heard a few of these songs, but just because you've already heard some of them shouldn't be your reason for not bying it because this album is defanitely worth a listen. You'll be quiet surprised by it actually and see how many songs Conor has been keeping hidden from us.Read more ›
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