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Fevers and Mirrors

4.1 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 21 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00004TRWE
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace
2. A Scale, A Mirror And Those Indifferent Clocks
3. The Calender Hung Itself...
4. Something Vague
5. The Movement Of A Hand
6. Arienette
7. When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass
8. Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh
9. The Center Of The World
10. Sunrise, Sunset
11. An Attempt To Tip The Scales
12. A Song To Pass The Time

Product Description

Reissue of the 2000 classic, Fevers and Mirrors is available on two 180 gram LPs. Includes a copy of the CD in the jacket!

Customer Reviews

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Format: Audio CD
This album has obviously created battling reviews. The fact is, Conor has a very particular sound that not everybody's going to like. I am of the opinion that he really can sing, but due to the amount of drugs he seems to take his voice ends up a little sketchy. Okay, very sketchy - particularly on "The Curious Girl...", when he is basically screaming into a microphone.
I don't see what everyone has against his chord progressions. They're simple, and he says so himself.
The way I see it is, the songs are only vehicles for his words. You can't put Bright Eyes on and go do something else - you have to sit there and listen to what he's saying. I don't think he's trying to convey "wisdom" at all - he's just saying what he has to say. Evidently this boy has an incredible amount of sadness, and this is is way of venting. To me, the "Curious girl" sounds like sitting in his living room, just listening.
If you want really good music, don't buy this album. If you want to hear one tortured young individual's view of the world, hear his pounding chords in your head for the next few weeks, and become very, very sad, while feeling like you love life and everything is beautiful...buy this album.
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Format: Audio CD
Have you ever listened to Bright Eyes ? If you do , you'll be in one of the two categories of people : The one who thinks this music is crap and he sings like crap and a sheep or the other one , who thinks he's a genius . Well I think this guy is a genius . The music is ok , but it is perfectly fit to the whole dark and depressing universe of Connor.
But thw words , you won't find any artist nowadays wno gives that much passion and feeling into his music but I see his music as art . On the whole Cd .. I haven't found any boring songs ... my favorites are all of the
. A part that really shocked me was the Interview .. you must listen to whole cd to listen to it ... no song skipping ! One sentence that stays in my head and gives me goosebumps is : Stay with me Arienette until the wolfes are away , just shows the dependance he has for others and espcially for the Arinette we don't really know if she's real ! He puts so much of himself in this .. I really think he's the best writer nowadays !
It's a brilliant record , if you understand english pretty well and you have a small emotional side and poetry .. you'll fall in love with this artist !
I give him a lot more than the : Two thumbs up from Ebert and Roeper :P
It's a masterpiece !!! If he would have mix Fevers and Mirrors with Lifted . it would be the greatest Cd I'd ever listened to
N.B. : I speak french normally so excuse my writting mistakes please ! But it's a great Cd ! Enjoy it !
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Format: Audio CD
Listening to Bright Eyes makes me want to run in a field of blooming dasies with one of those giant plastic bubble wands that makes bubbles the size of hula hoops.
Okay, not so much.
This album is kinda a downer ("From a cradle to a casket there ain't no way to escape. The sunrise and the sunset. Hold your sadness like a puppet, just putting on the play." I'm sure I will be singing that to my future kids as a good-night lullaby sometime.) But... it kinda scares me how much I like this CD. It makes me think that I just might be slightly unstable.
But enough about me. Conor is an amazing songwriter at any rate, even if he tends to be over the top at times. His lyrics are so intense- it's very personal. Most of his songs are about his seemingly pathetic and meaningless existance. There are a few bad relationships, a few musings over the escape that death offers, and a lot of just general "lets have a pitty party for Conor, he is so troubled and sad."
As for his voice, you are either going to hate it or love it. I think that it enhances the songs. Sure, it's not that pretty to listen to, but when you're singing "I drug your ghost across the country and we plotted out my death. In every city memories would whisper 'here is where you rest'," bubble-gum pop perfection doesn't really seem to fit. His voice is unique, though. I love how he can go from quiet depression to near-screaming (yet still understandable) anguished vocals all in the same song, while sounding like he might break down in tears at anytime.
Musically, there is a lot of variety on the CD. Not every song has the same tempo and the same beat, so I'm not bored by the end of the CD. The songs even change their feel within themselves.
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Ahhh, Fevers and Mirrors. Suburban angst at its finest. Conor Oberst gives the American youth an album meant to appeal to teenagers who aren't basking in the glow of The OC and Total Request Live. It's one of those albums to listen to when you really are...I don't know...not happy? If you're sad, it will make you more sad. And if you're happy, it will make you sad. It's not an uplifting album.
Oberst uses imagery of mirrors and scales to weave a common thread throughout the album's tepid, rather whiny songs. Well, good idea with the symbols, Conor, but the lyrics would do much better in songs with more interesting melodies. His unsteady voice (don't call it hurt or deep, the guy can hardly sing) quivers along unbalanced and lackluster melodies, simply trying to depress every American teenager into being just as sad as he seems (or pretends) to be. Sure, The Calendar Hung Itself has a unique rhythm and beat, but that song is the only one that I really gave a damn about.
Conor Oberst knows his words. That much can be said about him. But it all too much appeals to the generic hormonal teenage sadness that this album exploits. Waaaahh, my mom and dad don't like me, that girl won't ask me out, he'll never love me. If only Oberst put his lyrical skill to use, he could put out an album that actually can be listened to after age 16. And in the meantime, he can get someone to write his melodies for him. Two stars because he might be on the track to something better than this. The other three when he realizes that he takes his "psychosis" too seriousely.
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