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Letting Of The Happiness Import


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00000HXU7
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

1. If Winter Ends
2. Padraic my Prince
3. Contrast and Compare
4. The City has Sex
5. The Difference in the Shades
6. Touch
7. June on the West Coast
8. Pull My Hair
9. A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction
10. Tereza and Tomas


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By Davy on July 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
what i said then: "i think this one is not quite so good as fevers and mirrors, which is a 19 year-old's masterpiece. he did this one when he was 17; not bad at all. it's good, but improvements were to come in the form of better lyrics and cleaner production."
not so sure about that anymore...while there is some great poetry on fevers, i don't think i've heard anything of his equal "june on the west coast" from this album. absolutely gorgeous love song. and the scratchy production here fits his strangled voice, better, too. makes his whining less so. in time, this album will be regarded as a naive masterpiece, a miracle of talent and desire and desperation.
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To start off, I must say that this is my first and only Bright Eyes album. I plan on getting many more because of it though.
To me, this album is a masterpiece. It is always interesting and entertaining to listen to and it's good enough to where you wont want to listen to anything except this album.
The secret without question lies within Conor's God-givin talent to write amazingly beautiful and sad songs. From what I hear, this CD is a good deal less depressing than some of his others but still, you get a heartbreaking story in nearly every song. He presents his stories in a way that I have never heard before, a way that never wears a song out. Not only can he write , he can also sing. I understand that many people can't take his voice but I feel it is absolutly perfect for what he is trying to do. His sparse screaming fits throughout this album help to contribute to the overall raw atmosphere of it as well.

The only problem I have with this is the extremely lo-fi recording. In many of the songs, one can tell that it could have been better. I especially don't understand the reason for putting 14 minutes-plus worth of blankness at the end of Tereza and Tomas. I do like the extra version of Contrast and Compare with only Conor on vocal after it but I see no need to leave a gap that long before disclosing the CD extra.
My last words of advise...Please people, Give Conor a chance. He is genius in terms of songwriting and he isn't a bad guitar player either. Look past the lo-fi sound and you will see this. every song is worth listening to especially IF Winter Ends, Padraic my Prince, June on the West Coast, and A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction. Just buy it and enjoy.
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By "lyralily" on Jan. 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
Letting off the Happiness is really a beautiful work. This is early Bright Eyes, and many say that it's not as "acessible" as Fevers and Mirrors or Lifted, but I'd say either start here or with Lifted (I started with Fevers, and now that I've heard the other two CDs, it's my least favorite).
The songwriting on this is amazing, and though the arrangements are far less complex than those on the CDs that follow this, the songs are just as good (and sometimes a good deal better).
Some of my favorite Bright Eyes songs are on this CD, including the first track, If Winter Ends, and the seventh track, June on the West Coast, which is lovely in its simplicity (it seems to be just Conor Oberst and his guitar with minimal acompaniment. It's almost happy too, which in itself is unusual). The City has Sex is also outstanding.
Really, all of the songs on this CD are very good, and far more raw and immediate (and less polished) than the later stuff. If you like Bright Eyes or anything in this style- it's sort of folky, emotional indie- you'll have no problem listening to this the whole way through and you'll enjoy it all (once you've gotten used to Oberst's voice, which does take some listening).
One final note: I wish I could give this CD half a star less. Bright Eyes has a tendancy to either start or end songs with annoying static or speaking or... things that are not music. While it does not ultimately detract from the value of the songs, I find it incredibly annoying.
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Conor Oberst is a genius. There is no doubt about that. Everything he writes and sings is so heartfelt, you can't help but relate with the guys problems. This album is one of the best I have ever listened to.
The first song, If Winter Ends, is one of my all time favorites. It's so passionate. As is the second song, Padric My Prince, about his brother who "drowned in a bath tub before he even learned how to talk." it's so brilliant and wonderful. Conor Oberst writes the most lovely, poetic things. YOu can't help but want to help the guy through hard times.
It's a great album!
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Format: Audio CD
it sure has taken him a long time to kill himself. I miss John Ritter.
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Format: Audio CD
Is it possible to try too hard to sound like you're not trying?
This is the question that this album and maybe Bright Eyes in general answers for me. Yes. It is possible. I think there is a lot of potential here, but it is lost trying to sound a certain way. The songs are predictable and I think that the lyrics are also trying too hard to be deep or emotional.
I just don't buy it. That would have to be my impression of the album. I've heard people say it's creative, original, blah blah. I guess I just don't agree.
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By Bunny Lane on July 2 2003
Format: Audio CD
I love Bright Eyes, they are one of my favorite bands, but this album [is not good]. There's something about it that's more emo in a negative way. The lyrics take less comprehension. The rythms drown you into non hyponitic death. Go for 'Lifted' if you want bright eyes, go for Jets to Brazil if you want emo
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