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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00006FRN7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Big Picture
2. Method Acting
3. False Advertising
4. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will
5. Lover I Don't Have to Love
6. Bowl of Oranges
7. Don't Know When But a Day is Gonna Come
8. Nothing Gets Crossed Out
9. Make War
10. Waste of Paint
11. From a Balance Beam
12. Laura Laurent
13. Let's Not Shit Ourselves (to Love and Be Loved)

Product Description

Nebraskan wunderkind Conor Oberst writes songs so naked and heartfelt they make you feel like a voyeur just listening to them. This precocious singer-songwriter croons with the astonished intensity of a homeless Robert Smith singing for his supper. And his band's fourth album is every bit as lyrical, sprawling, and pretentious as its title. The production is notably brighter and crisper than previous efforts, with some songs, notably "Nothing Gets Crossed Out," lushly swathed in sweet-sounding strings. When Lifted is great, as on the slow-churning anthem "From a Balance Beam," it's superb, visionary pop music, on par with Jeff Mangum, Phil Elvrum, and Daniel Johnston--and on occasion, Dylan. Unfortunately, half the songs sprawl on too long or revisit the same themes too frequently. Still, anyone who can operate a fast-forward button will find much to enjoy on this vital, messy masterpiece. --Mike McGonigal

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Barrera on July 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bright Eyes sunk into my head due to Conor Oberst' ability as a song writer, seriously this guy must've aced english and literature because he has a way with words. With lyrical content that is subjective and to the point while at the same hand poetic and evened out with some occassional dipping of prose.
I really love how well in harmony a song like "Bowl of Oranges" is in, and to tell you the truth I would've been happier had their been more songs like that on the album. Another favorite of mine is "False Advertising", a sweeping symphony plays in the background while Conor speaks on behalf of the music industry and I'm guessing Clear Channel in general. And then there is "Lover I don't have to Love", an upbeat fix with a handy chorus and eerie keyboards in the back, while the ending of the song allures my attention to compare Conor with a younger Robert Smith.
But before anyone thinks I am totally praising this album, you're wrong. It is flawed, actually though lyrically it's well executed, the structure of the songs tend to repeat as do the themes. Take for instance the last track which I shall spare myself for even naming--over 10 minutes of excessive whining is uncalled for and I got bored towards the end. Also, Conor seems to teter on a strange level of faith, he speaks of God in "From a Balance Beam" and then doubts God's existence in "Don't Know When But a Day is Gonna Come". Speaking of which I really thought the outlook on the song was artistic in the beginning but as soon as Conor mentions a girl dying of vanity I thought to myself, for once a little bit of a different subject here; his walk in faith but then it turns out to be nothing more than another translucent 'boy-upset-about-girl-song'.
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By Jeremy P on June 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm not a review kinda person..I don't work for Spin..I don't work for rolling stone...i don't work for a record label..i'm just your average emo kid who walks into record stores and buys albums...and I must say this album is compassionate. I know I sound corny..but the music is surreal.... His voice is exciting...emotional...scared...and delightful. Each song he sings...has interesting lyrics that not only captivate the listener but somehow relates to my personal experiences. Ok not every song, but certain lyrics within each song has some relation with my personal experiences. This cd can either be very depressing or depends on how you feel that particular day. I won't sit here and break down every song but in particular the last track is exciting. You can just tell by the way Conor is anxious to start the song while he was in the recording studio. This cd isn't exactly something you want to throw your headphones on and listen to while your working out. It is a cd you want to listen to you when you are with your significant other or by yourself...this isn't exactly a cd i would throw in my cd player while i'm driving around with like...5 of my friends...its a personal cd...its one of those cds in my car ....that if like someone asked "WHO ARE THESE GUYS" ...i would maybe put it in my cd player.
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By Red on May 16 2004
Format: Audio CD
Emo, this new genre of music, is short for emotional. To some people, it seems like a mix of pop and punk, but it's actually in a class of its own. A lot of the other genre's glorify the material things in life, especially rap. Not emo. And Bright Eyes is the standout of all the new bands in emo. I'm not really a fan of poetry, but the way Connor Oberst presents himself and his words can't really be described without some mention of poetry. Bright Eyes is old school. They're all about the true things in life. The booklet inside of the album further supports that. Each song is based on a part of the overall message of the album. Tracks 2-5 are unforgettable. This is easily worth the $14.99 that it costs. You're able to rock out to this, but you're able to really enjoy what is being said at the same time. Consequently, you don't even have to be sober to enjoy this when you're listening to it. The lyrics are a contribution to society because in a world so material and superficial, Bright Eyes veers away from that and gives the world something that it can relate to. You gotta get this.
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By A Customer on April 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
Conor Oberst, Bright Eye's songwriter, is in no way on the same level as Bob Dylan. Just becuause his press release makes this ridiculous comparison doesn't make it true. Comparing the two becuase they use song structures that are unusual to the listener isn't enough.
I can't believe that someone would mention Oberst in the same sentence with Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits, as some reviewers have here. I just don't see it at all. And I really gave it a try and listened to this album digesting it on many levels. The music and the lyrical content just aren't very good. There are a few moments that I can appreciate, namely the last track. But I cannot stand the over-indulgent approach and wallowing. Instead of taking that "angst" and abstracting it into something insteresting he simply whines and rambles about nothing in particular and I feel like he has nothing to say to me or anyone else.
Oberst sounds like what he is, a pretensious artsy type kid who really does think he's being profound when he's just being boring and annoying. Like I said, he's over-indulgent and doesn't know when to quit. The thing that makes the above mentioned songwriters the greats is that they can write songs that are profound but still sound like they aren't even trying. That is not a skill you can learn in a coffee house and comparing Oberst to the greats does a disservice to the really great songwriters which is mainly why I wrote this review.
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