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Lifted Or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

3.9 out of 5 stars 157 customer reviews

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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 157 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,773 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)

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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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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 upbeat...it 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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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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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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Format: Audio CD
"The Big Picture" (3/5): Not a bad opener.
"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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