Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Victory is sweet, even deep in the cheap seats...

I can’t help but talk about Conor Oberst’s (of Bright Eyes) first solo album, available yesterday. I learned of the release only last week, but have been obsessing about it ever since.

The Bright Eyes years were essentially a haunting road trip for the lovelorn, depressed, or quietly observant. But then comes Cassadaga, released in April of 2007. I STILL am finding appreciation for those tracks...Lime Tree and Hot Knives, in particular.

His lyrics at times make no sense whatsoever. That is, until you experience a subtle loss or gain, be it friend or lover or pet or job or bit of pride, and you suddenly realize he’d been warning you all along…but will never claim that he told you so. (See: We Are Nowhere and Its Now. I couldn’t find the version sung with Emmylou Harris, but if you listen to it you’ll definitely need to call a friend just to say hello.)

Some fans wouldn’t agree with me, but I wholeheartedly claim he’s gotten better with every album. So natch, I’m excited to listen nonstop all weekend.


crv said...

kevin, i am a HUGE bright eyes/oberst fan. I catch tons of shit for it, but I think hes great.

I agree that hes grown stronger and better with each album and really grown up as a songwriter.

i think hes gonna tour this winter. i hope he starts using drugs again, because he seriously puts on a much better show when hes messed up. (i am evil). said...

I havn't bought the album yet but ive been listining to the tracks off youtube and the website for weeks and I do absolutley agree that he has gotten better and better. Bright Eyes and anything conor does is my all time favourite, I could never pick out one song that stands out most. He is getting better with age, but his old stuff is just as good.
Ive seen him play live twice in Toronto and they are one of the the best drunken memories I have.
Anyways, nice blog.

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