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A Collection Of Songs [Best of]

Bright Eyes Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars beauty captured Nov. 23 2004
By mar
Format:Audio CD
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 record. Conor Oberst's voice is perfection, each slight change in tone perpetuates a completely new and raw emotion. Mind you much of the time those emotions aren't the cheeriest, but thats whats great about this album. Misery loves company, so when you feel a bit crappy its a great friend. ie. in feb 15 he sings 'but i guess that its typical to cling to memories you'll never get back again and to sort through old photographs of a summer long ago or a friend you used to know'. screw sorting through the pics of old pals just bring out this album and get ready to make a new friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early Bright Eyes May 30 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of Bright Eyes so of course I loved this album. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, as I consider Bright Eyes to be more of an acquired taste than anything. This album in particular took a while to grow on me. A lot of people don't like Conor's voice, and I didn't really like it when I first heard it, but it really grew on me and now he is one of my favorites. About this album, the recording is really low quality (it was recorded... in his basement!) and...well, he was really young when he recorded these songs. Before you judge him too harshly, these songs were recorded when he was 15 or 16 years old. I like a lot of the songs on this album. Some of them aren't that great, admittedly.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars give it time May 21 2004
By al
Format:Audio CD
i've been a fan of saddle creek artists for years but living in england has made it hard to buy the albums/lps. and so with this being conor's least famous (if that's the correct word) release, i bought this after every other major full length or ep. by that time bright eyes had been my favourite band for a long time. i think this is why i'm able to appreciate this collection so much. only after having an album or a two for a few months are you able to appreciate conor's voice. some people will always hate it. but i think if you can relate to his music well enough you come to actually prefer his voice being so scratchy and yet full at times.
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never heard it... March 7 2004
By H-bomb
Format:Audio CD
and pray to the gods that I never have to be subjected to this "poetry". Why can't we give negative stars?
And, yeah, what Kel Brigance said...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Conor Oberst is a poet Jan. 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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.Listen to them with an open mind, listen to the lyrics, the passion.It's how music should be.Just because it's not about pimping hoes and wearing bling-bling doesn't mean it's not worth listening to!
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By mandy
Format:Audio CD
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. its early stuff, recorded in his basement. personally, my favorites on the album are "saturday as usual", "falling out of love at this volume", "one straw (please)" and the best of all "february fifteenth"
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1.0 out of 5 stars I'm making a collection as well Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
it's a collection of clippings that say that Bright Eyes is a "genius" or a "great songwriter" or "original". That way, in ten years when everybody realizes how terrible Bright Eyes was, we can all have a good laugh.
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