Lifted Or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
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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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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.
"Method Acting" (4/5): Don't know what to say about this up beat song, but i like it.
"False Advertising" (3/5): An average song, kinda boring.
"You Will. You Will?..." (5/5): One of my favorite songs on the album.
"Lover I Don't Have To Love" (4/5): A catchy piano part carries this one.
"Bowl Of Oranges" (4/5): Another one of my favorite tracks.
"Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come" (3/5): Not a bad song, just not great.
"Nothing Gets Crossed Out" (4/5): A real good tune.
"Make War" (4/5): This one's real catchy.
"Waste Of Paint" (2/5): A song that just doesn't do anything for me.
"From A Balance Beam" (4/5): A nice pickup after a bad track.
"Laura Laruent" (2/5): I just don't like this song. It isn't great.
"Let's Not S***t Ourselves" (4/5): A great closer.
Everyone says that Conor Oberst is so very underrated. I, however, this he is extremely overrated. He is often credited as being an amazing songwriter. I do this he is an amazing storyteller. I don't think he does a great job of turning those stories into songs. I often find myself being bored by his repetitive guitar parts. After all this you probably think that I hate this album. This is not entirely the case. I found myself not liking the songs but still giving them 4 stars because the lyrics were so great. If you want to hear a great story, buy this album. If you want to hear a good song, however, pass this one by.
Rating: Three and a half stars.
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Purchased this as a gift, and my friend absolutely loves it! Said it was the best present she received! :)Published 19 months ago by G
As I stumbled into HMV I had no clue what I should buy.
While I searched the issles one cd grabbed my eye.
I picked it up and check it out. Read more
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. Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Michael Barrera
I've been in love with Bright Eyes for quite some time now. I love Conor Oberst and his poetry. He's amazing at what he does and this CD is amazing. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Leila
Like many people I bought this cd because I read all the great reviews that said Conor Oberst was a brilliant lyricist and the musicianship was excellent. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Whiny
I am only writing this review because this is bothering me about the other reviews. His name is CONOR OBERST. Not "Connor", and definitely not "Collin"! Read morePublished on June 20 2004
OKay here is the high and low of it. This isn't "EMO" as some people call it, but it does fall into the "emotional rock" section. Read morePublished on May 26 2004
This c.d. is hilarious! A dead on satire of all that is repugnant and horrifying in adolescent poetry and navel gazing. Read morePublished on May 25 2004
To start off, Collin Oberst is brilliant. He has created a musical legacy that will stand tall when he stops making music. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by B. anderson-bauer