July 1, 2006

New Bright Eyes songs & album news

Once you get past some of the occasional warbling, self-indulgent musical ramblings of this 20-something storytelling “prodigy,” I think Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes has some really really good stuff. On his I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning CD from 2005, a few of those songs have burned holes through my speakers from overlistening: the rollicking goodness of “Another Travelin’ Song,” the lovely “Landlocked Blues” duet with Emmylou Harris, and the kind-of-overplayed radio hit, but raw & sweet-sentimented “First Day Of My Life.”

With Oberst, the stunning lyrics (“And the sidewalk holds diamonds like a jewelry store case, they argue walk this way, no, walk this way“) combine with the occasional “Wait, what did he say?” lyric (“I dreamed a prostituted child touching an old man in a fast food crowd.”)

Anyway, enough of my rambling, here are two new songs that he played at Bonnaroo (June 14):

Soul Singer In The Session Band” – Bright Eyes

Four Winds” – Bright Eyes

News about a Spring 2007 release from Bright Eyes on Saddle Creek is here, featuring collaborations with Gillian Welch, Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss and M. Ward.

Oh, and am I the only one who hears that line from “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in my head everytime I type Bright Eyes? (“Turn around, bright eyes – EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART”)


  • “Anyway, enough of my rambling”

    But that’s the main reason I like reading blog.

    I like the Soul Singer In The Session song. Listening to it makes me day dream about child-hood (I don’t know why.)

    Gamer C. — July 1, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  • you’re not the only one who hears that line, no. I hear it too ;)

    SL — July 2, 2006 @ 1:31 am

  • “…and I need you more than ever…”

    Eric — July 2, 2006 @ 8:58 pm

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