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2011 release from the Alt-Rock faves, their seventh studio album overall. The People's Key is the eagerly awaited follow-up to 2007's acclaimed Cassadaga. Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People's Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which Oberst is renowned.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
One Love, One Powerful Message Feb. 25 2011
By Chad - Published on Amazon.com
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Conor Oberst and the band has found within themselves a new energy, a new arrangement of thought, peppered with the Rastafari Movement and an awareness of I and I and the One Love shared by and within us all (that is,the power is within us all to awaken and be on a positive path to an enlightened future). This album is a rich, balanced culmination of Conor's musical journeys, and there are audible hints indicating inspiration from Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer's "Pinkerton," from 80's synthesizer energy to the late rock aesthetics. This is a solid album, bridging the band's soul-searching double release in '05 and the spiritual journey of Cassadaga from '07 into this new message of enlightenment and universal truths.

I don't intend for this to appear as psychobabble. This is just the view from the air with this CD as my rocket.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing depending on how you look at it Feb. 23 2011
By E. Heraldez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: LP Record
This record can be disappointing depending on how you look at it.

This is the 7th and rumored to be final Bright Eyes album. If you look at it from that perspective, disappointment will most likely be your initial reaction because a folk record along the lines of Lifted.. or Wide Awake would be a more fitting farewell.

Yet if you look at it as another Bright Eyes record it's actually impressive. Listening to it I get the vibe that this is everything Digital Ash was supposed to be. The record is rock influenced with the slight hints of electronic synths. It sounds full, layered and is much more consistent than Cassadaga. The spoken word segments through out the album can get kind of annoying, but the don't really deter from the music. Lyrically angry Conor is pretty much a thing of the past. The lyrics and overall tone of his voice is more positive.

The packaging for this record is nice, not quite as nice as Cassadaga's, but nice nonetheless. The outer jacket is a gatefold with holographic details on both the outside and the inner side where the lyrics are printed. The record is heavy 180g and comes in a standard plastic sleeve, but the actual record inner sleeve is enclosed as well. Saddle Creek tossed in a copy of the cd instead of the traditional download code which makes the vinyl package a great value.

Overall this is a great record. If your new to Bright Eyes though start with Fevers and Mirrors than work your way through Lifted.. and Wide Awake... and listen to a young Conor in his absolute prime and see why he's one of the best writers of our young generation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I Can't Help But Love Bright Eyes July 10 2011
By Tom Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Now, I most likely have a bit of an inclination to love anything by Conor Oberst. More then a bit in actuality, its sort of impossible to not for me, though some of his songs I do not like but its very few and they are very rarely on his cds. Now thisss I consider a great cd by him. I don't have an exact favorite work by him as I love all his cds so that likeness I can not decide upon. But I can try to describe the feeling.

The cd is like... a si-fi rock anthem with emotion, lots of emotion. If you cannot handle emotion then bright eyes is not for you, we should all know. Bright eyes is here to rip your heart out and make you cowher as if your facing some kind of noble king. To pass by this idea the cd is truly a unique one compared to the rest of his repetoire. It is less sensitive. Without a doubt. He seems to finally have found his place in this world and is not whining for his lover.

He seems to have come to terms with life and facing the reality that he has a power in his words that make people think differently about those thoughts deep in the crevices of our brain. He always has a very universal message. Now, I can ramble about how great I consider bright eyes all day. This cd is simply some sort of sci-fi brilliant idea that he feels the urge to putonto a cd. Like Dune or something. He's a musical scientist.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
the best Bright Eyes album July 26 2011
By Adam Ast - Published on Amazon.com
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A "real" Bright Eyes fan probably wouldn't say this, but this is by far the most cohesive, coherent, mature album this group has put out to date. A few years ago I hated Bright Eyes with a passion. A handful of decent songs clued me in that Conor Oberst had some kind of talent, but it was very difficult for me to get over the whiny, self-indulgent pity party he seemed to want to throw on every album. 16 year old girls find this to be very impressive, I understand. Males in their mid-thirties usually don't. In a word, Conor Oberst was OBNOXIOUS.
That's why this album comes as a huge surprise. Incredibly well constructed songs, inticing production, intriguing lyrics and concepts, an overall sense of well-being and hope as opposed to despair and self-pity, this album shows a depth I honestly thought Bright Eyes did not possess. This album is on my turntable constantly! Every song is a gem and, while the narrative ramblings of Randy Brewer might be confusing to some, I find them to fit rather well with the overall tone of the album. I am immensely glad that Conor cleaned himself up and is able to show the world what he is capable of. I hope he changes his mind about dissolving the Bright Eyes moniker as well. It sounds to me like these guys just found themselves.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Would Rather Hear Conor Oberst March 2 2011
By Thomas E. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a fan of Bright Eyes since "Wide Awake" and "Digital Ash" and was really looking forward to this album, but after listening to it I find myself looking forward instead to the next Conor Oberst album. What's the difference (other than the record label)? Only time will tell, I suppose, but whereas "Conor Oberst" sounded like a guy playing with a band and with real instruments, "The People's Key" is a step backwards to the lo-fi sounds of a guy using Pro Tools in his home studio, layering and looping instruments and sound effects and sounding like he's singing in a well. I liked it in "Digital Ash" but I guess now I want to hear more of Conor Oberst rather than Bright Eyes. The lyrics also seem more obtuse, and combined with the sonics the record seems distant and opaque in contrast to the highly personal and warm "Conor Oberst". So why did I give it four stars? Because it is still a very good record by a talented musician who is always worth listening to, with inventive arrangements and lyrics and perhaps more hooks than any previous Bright Eyes record. It's too good for three stars. I can understand why some fans love this album and why some are disappointed. If I wasn't comparing Bright Eyes to Conor Oberst, I might love it too.

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