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Every Day And Every Night [EP]

Bright Eyes Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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1. a line allows progress, a circle does not
2. a perfect sonnet
3. on my way to work
4. a new arrangement
5. neely o'hara

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Bright Eyes is like the light beer of signer/songwriter bands: all the great flavor and full body of frighteningly honest lyrics and passionate conviction as the normal edition, but without all the annoying baggage and pretense usually a part of the lyrically oriented brew.

Painting stark visions of the desperation of daily life, Bright Eyes finds the skeletons in everybodys closets, hanging them up in the yard like drying laundry. Its an odd assortment of skeletons, however, striking up a much more demented and forsaken world than the ones existing in the average listeners head, though somehow songwriter Conor Oberst plays with themes rooted in everyday life, giving Every Day and Every Night a grim familiarity despite its treacherous directions.

Comparisons between lyrics and poetry are tossed about so wildly these days its hard to truly appreciate songwriting like Bright Eyes. Poetic could describe it, but then again, Courtney Love, Chris Cornell and Beck also earned the distinction. Its often a distinction founded more on self-affected bohemian angst than actual lyrical merit, though this time around Bright Eyes helps substance win out over image.

When jumping between themes of self-destruction, mortality and soured love, Bright Eyes cranks out some of the most hauntingly familiar and disturbing lyrics set down this year. With the honesty of artists like Patti Smith and the grueling brutality of Richard Hell, Oberst creates a lyrical world all to his own. From the obsessive "On My Way To Work," creating a simmering stew of death anxiety to the downright frankness of "A New Arrangement," Bright Eyes manage to find the most deeply hidden and tightly wound heartstrings to pluck on.

Musically, Bright Eyes proves a little less challenging, with a mixture of keyboards, acoustic guitars and Obersts squeaky vibrato tenor heralding a record sounding like early Violent Femmes quickly going off the deep end. Fairly slow arrangements, this record nonetheless features swirling complexity in its musical tracks, helping to stand behind its lyrical vision. With a few curve balls thrown to spice things up, such as the backwards sampled back beat of "Neely OHara," or the pedal steel of "A New Arrangement," Bright Eyes musical tracks manages to keep up, albeit a few paces behind, its lyrical mastery. -- Aversion

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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 amazing songs=5 stars May 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the second Bright Eyes cd I purchased and I was quite impressed. Some of the songs on this cd have a deeper (more bass) sound than the songs on "Lifted" and it makes for a very interesting sound. I think that this cd, especially "A Perfect Sonnet", shows off Conor's poetic genius more than a few of the songs on "Lifted" do. The speaking transitions after "On My Way to Work" and "Neely O'Hara" are wonderful and should not be skipped. Every song on this cd is well worth it and there are no songs that will keep you from putting this whole album on repeat. Even though it is only five songs, it will leave you wanting more of Conor and his emotional poetry. Note: I just read "Valley of the Dolls" and discovered Conor's allusion to Neely O'Hara who "swallows her sleep," so just in case you ever wondered who she is, you can read the book and find out more of what Conor meant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Whatever March 20 2004
By EC
Format:Audio CD
Although I like this album, there's nothing that especially stands out about it. It's typical Bright Eyes, and if you already love the band you won't be disappointed. However, it's not one of their best albums. It's not as good as Lifted, not as addicting as Fevers and Mirrors, and not as raw and endearing as Letting off the Happiness. But yet again, Conor succeeds in writing songs that capture all of the emotion without making me ill in a Dashboard Confessional sort of way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars conor oberst is wonderful Jan. 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i think that all of the people who are saying bad crap about bright eyes should just shut up. do they have nothing better to do then go on the internet and talk trash about bands that they dont like. But in my case i love bright eyes. Conor Oberst lets you relate to his music. you can almost feel how bad he has been hurting. He really gets in touch with his self and helps you relate also.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Every Day and Every Night Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
I hate Bright Eyes just a little bit more. Bob Dylan he ain't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so, so worth buying May 26 2003
By patrick
Format:Audio CD
this ep has some of the best of conor's songs in my mind. If you don't like Bright Eyes, don't expect to like this album either, but if you aren't sure how you feel about it, this would be the cd to buy. All of these songs (with the possible exception of the third) are the reason why you've been hearing about his music so much. I particularly like this cd because it is cohesive in way that most eps (and full-lengths even for that matter) are not. This cd is solid and emotional to a point that is hard to convey in a cd review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars why arent there more stars???? March 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
this cd is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. *in awe of its amazingness*
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1.0 out of 5 stars :P Dec 20 2002
By krissy
Format:Audio CD
oh gosh, everyone has been telling me how great this CD is...
i have not felt like vomitting so much for a long time, but one song did it to me. gah. i guess i am not indie enough :S that's a-ok with me, thank you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars past the graveyard on my way to work...
Please, this middle-class spoiled brat never had a hard day of work in his life. well, maybe thinking up new ways to write about being sad does take effort, but, c'mon. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by Ronnie James
4.0 out of 5 stars incredible beauty and angst - in an easy-to-take package!
For those who can't yet stomach a full-length CD of fierce, quaking Tiny Tim - like vibrato (like me), this CD EP is the answer. (Blame it on my musician's ears, I guess. Read more
Published on April 30 2002 by W. D. Rupy
5.0 out of 5 stars I LISTEN to this every night and every day
My only complaint about this EP is that I wish it were longer! I love hearing Conor's wails...something about them makes me value life more. Read more
Published on July 10 2001 by ziggy-stardust@alloymail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this Every Day and Every Night
Shame on whoever gave this a bad review. I believe this is the best Bright Eyes album, although it is too bad there are only 5 tracks. Read more
Published on April 13 2001 by kate
2.0 out of 5 stars Bore Snore...
boy, is this guy overrated. don't believe the hype (if there is any and then it will soon go away--ohhh dissed 'em!). Read more
Published on June 4 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars "Poetic" doesn't encapsulate this record...
When Conor Oberst puts his words to paper something truly special happens: he somehow puts his finger directly on the pulse of what is bothering every single one of us. Read more
Published on March 28 2000 by David Nicholas
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