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There are some really great songs on here like 'Patient Hope in New Snow', 'Saturday as Usual', 'Falling out of love at this volume', 'Puella quam amo est pulchra', 'a celebration upon completion', 'All of the Truth', 'Lila', and 'Feb. 15th'. I like this album and I would recommend it to anyone who was already a big fan of Bright Eyes' later work. I think you would have to be a fan already to be able to appreciate this album. When I consider how young he was when this was recorded, I'm impressed.
The other great thing about this CD is the review printed on the CD itself.
and let's be fair here - the kid was between the ages of 15 and 17 when he recorded these things. personally, i love the anologue crapness you get from early 4 track recordings, and i love that here is a kid experimenting with instruments he's not a pro at playing. maybe i love it because i'm 16 myself and respect everything that conor does, or maybe some of the songs truly are just brilliant in that teenager sort of way. i also like the quirkiness of how he put a horrible review of it on the front of the cd. to me that sort of means if you dont like bright eyes that's fine; conor sort of likes that at times.
whatever it is, i recommend only buying this album if and when you're acquainted with bright eyes already and even then just give it a chance because it might take a while. it's possible to get used to the poor quality recording and start to like that about it. give it a go if you like 'when the curious girl realizes she is under glass' fevers and mirrors version.
and just remember his age. nobody said this was a masterpiece.
[edited to say: for a limited time at saddle-creek.com you can order a christmas album done by Bright Eyes & Co. The 11 or so songs are traditionally what you would expect a christmas album to contain but they all have that saddle creek kick to them thanks to such excellent production. All the proceeds go to the Nebraska Aids Charity and this album is exclusive to the website (i.e., not going to be anywhere else.) This will, i am sure, become a collector's item so go support a good cause and get some groovy tunes out of it.]
but being the open minded music enthusiast that i am, i put the thing on tape and forced myself to listen to it on my delivery routes. after several days, a warm intimacy with the shotty recording began to seep into my ears. tracks like "falling out of love at this volume" contain a pop sweetness that cannot be ignored, and one remembers the power of bright eyes lies not in the recording but in the grated passionate inflection and creativity in conor oberst's voice.
if you are a hardcore bright eyes fan, i recomend adding this album to your collection...there are at least several tracks you'll be glad you got your hands on.
if you've never heard bright eyes, i would definitely recomend starting with "fevers and mirrors" or "letting off the happiness" since these albums pack a much more powerfull punch.
Most recent customer reviews
I'm sick of hearing that this Bright Eye's album: A collection of songs is an acquired taste. Nothing about it is acquired except maybe acquiring the money to buy this beautiful... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2004 by mar
and pray to the gods that I never have to be subjected to this "poetry". Why can't we give negative stars?
And, yeah, what Kel Brigance said...
A lot of people pass Conor Oberst off as another whiny emo boy.Whiny though he may be, he is brilliant.Bright Eyes is the type of band that grows on you. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2004
this album deserves a 5, mainly because its just beautiful. if you can get over the static of the songs, and really listen. which really isnt that hard. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2003 by mandy
it's a collection of clippings that say that Bright Eyes is a "genius" or a "great songwriter" or "original". Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by Karlito Brigante
I'm not entirely sure if Conor Oberst intended for this album to turn out the way it did, but certainly the way i viewed it was that he is this really incredible poet, who focuses... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2002 by Michael Coady
This CD was so terrible. I HAD to keep trying to find ONE song that had some redeemable quality - anything. Gives any amateur musician/songwriter hope. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 2002
This album isn't bad at all. Actually, I really kind of like enjoy like enjoy it.Published on Oct. 1 2001 by B. michael Payne