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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
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4. a new arrangement
5. neely o'hara

Product Description

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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2.0 out of 5 stars Bore Snore... June 3 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
boy, is this guy overrated. don't believe the hype (if there is any and then it will soon go away--ohhh dissed 'em!). I was told to let the record seep in and that i would not like it right away, well i've been seeping for a whole week...and it's still bunk. if you like neutral milk hotel and palace and smog, which bright eyes gets compared to, than you will be dissapointed. it's like if you like pearl jam and then said "i like them soooo much that i think i'll buy all the creed albums!" bright eyes is a copy of a copy of a copy. the lyrics are like bad poetry from jeremy's (of pearl jam fame) notebook with boring melodies. it's hip but face it--it sounds like a badly produced counting crows and those felas are lame--except for that "mr.jones" song. that is a good song. and the lead singer dated courtney cox. and she's on that funny show "friends". i laugh at the show because it's funny. joey is funny. bright eyes makes me tired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 amazing songs=5 stars May 26 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to this Every Day and Every Night April 12 2001
By kate
Format:Audio CD
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. Conor Oberst is not only amazing on the CD, he is an amazing person, and are great live. Conor Oberst has the most fantastic screams in the history of rock. Yes, better than Janis Joplin by far. The lyrics to "A Perfect Sonnet" and amazingly well crafted and delivered: "I believe that lovers should be tied together, thrown into the ocean in the worst of weather, left there to drown, left there to drown in their innocence." Neely O'hara, although a somewhat uncharacteristic Bright Eyes song, makes good use of different sounds and is multi-textured. Perfect to listen to while driving down an old dirt road late at night, with a clear moon and stark white trees on all sides. The album is worth the listen for sure. It's easy to get into, and hard to get out of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Poetic" doesn't encapsulate this record... March 28 2000
Format:Audio CD
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. The album consists of 5 songs that span just over 20 minutes, but after listening to it you'll feel like you just came out of a 2-hour therapy session. The music is simplistic and catchy, and it serves as the perfect backdrop to the amazing lyrical content and even more amazing vocal performance. If you've had a loved one die, if you've seen your life crash before your eyes, then you'll recognize the grief and the beauty of Bright Eyes. Seriously, it's that good.
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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.) But this CD is a true gem! Out of all BE's CDs, this is the one whose songs really speak to me most poignantly, and has the production and instrumentation I prefer. Most significantly, "A Perfect Sonnet" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard in my 40 years of life on this earth. Flawed and beautiful, that's what these songs are. A flawed and beautiful masterpiece.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Whatever March 19 2004
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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