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-you cannot stand lo-fi music
-have never heard bright eyes before
-have heard Conor Oberst's other material and already decided that you cannot tolerate his voice (because his voice is worse in this album)
Buy this album if:
-you already know and love Conor Oberst
-are more of a "words person" than a "music person". I havent heard the two albums he just came out with, but excluding those since i cannot judge them, "Lifted" is his best musically. It is argueable if this is his best lyrically, but I think it is his most intimate.
-buy this album even if you have emo-allergies. I cannot stand 99% of anything that would remotely be classified under "emo" except for this, which most would agree could be call "emo-folk" with more emphasis on the "folk" than the "emo".
-you think that the idea of a guy recording on a four-track in his basement is cool.
I understand that many people will not like this album. And I understand why, but i personally love it, and many other people will too. If my opinion was the only one that mattered I would have given it a 5 star rating, rather than a 4 star.
There are some really great songs on here like 'Patient Hope in New Snow', 'Saturday as Usual', 'Falling out of love at this volume', 'Puella quam amo est pulchra', 'a celebration upon completion', 'All of the Truth', 'Lila', and 'Feb. 15th'. I like this album and I would recommend it to anyone who was already a big fan of Bright Eyes' later work. I think you would have to be a fan already to be able to appreciate this album. When I consider how young he was when this was recorded, I'm impressed.
The other great thing about this CD is the review printed on the CD itself.
[edited to say: for a limited time at saddle-creek.com you can order a christmas album done by Bright Eyes & Co. The 11 or so songs are traditionally what you would expect a christmas album to contain but they all have that saddle creek kick to them thanks to such excellent production. All the proceeds go to the Nebraska Aids Charity and this album is exclusive to the website (i.e., not going to be anywhere else.) This will, i am sure, become a collector's item so go support a good cause and get some groovy tunes out of it.]
and let's be fair here - the kid was between the ages of 15 and 17 when he recorded these things. personally, i love the anologue crapness you get from early 4 track recordings, and i love that here is a kid experimenting with instruments he's not a pro at playing. maybe i love it because i'm 16 myself and respect everything that conor does, or maybe some of the songs truly are just brilliant in that teenager sort of way. i also like the quirkiness of how he put a horrible review of it on the front of the cd. to me that sort of means if you dont like bright eyes that's fine; conor sort of likes that at times.
whatever it is, i recommend only buying this album if and when you're acquainted with bright eyes already and even then just give it a chance because it might take a while. it's possible to get used to the poor quality recording and start to like that about it. give it a go if you like 'when the curious girl realizes she is under glass' fevers and mirrors version.
and just remember his age. nobody said this was a masterpiece.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD is a perfect demonstration of how far Conor has come, both through lyrics and singing itself. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Julia Rosario
The intro instrumental stands as a pretty cool jam to start this cd off. The rest of the album is obviously a low-fi recording that conor and friends pretyt much did from their... Read morePublished on January 15, 2008 by Brent Patro
listen to saturday as usual by bright eyes and tell me he's being serious. he can't be. this isnt even funny. this is just sad. not in a cool emo way. Read morePublished on September 15, 2005 by Bert Blankenchip
this is conor oberst at his roots i love this album it shows the real bright eyes not the highly publicised conor it is all about the musicPublished on August 9, 2005 by Jeoffrey D. Brown
Best Tracks = "Exaltation on a cool kitchen floor" "The awful sweetness of excaping sweat" "A celebration among completion"
Buy it. Now.
I'm sick of hearing that this Bright Eye's album: A collection of songs is an acquired taste. Nothing about it is acquired except maybe acquiring the money to buy this beautiful... Read morePublished on November 22, 2004 by mar
A lot of people pass Conor Oberst off as another whiny emo boy.Whiny though he may be, he is brilliant.Bright Eyes is the type of band that grows on you. Read morePublished on January 13, 2004
this album deserves a 5, mainly because its just beautiful. if you can get over the static of the songs, and really listen. which really isnt that hard. Read morePublished on November 12, 2003 by mandy