I bought a grey mackaw, named him Jules Verne
So it's been out a week. What do people think of it?
Like all good Bright Eyes records it takes 3/4 listens to reveal itself then it just grows with each listen.
Favourite tracks atm are prob Firewall and Jejune Stars.
we're still trying to work out why things in speech marks are having such issues appearing on the boards :(
But still haven't had time to listen to it properly yet, what I did here remind menof Digital Ash but may be completely off the mark as I didn't pay much attention.
Must say though the packaging is amazing on it!
It's probably his most cohesive work to date, and it just feels perfect. I'm in love with it.
I'm with NickDS; Firewall and Jejune Stars are fantastic. I'm really into Approximate Sunlight as well.
Digital Ash comes close, but for sheer consitency of tunes, this is quite superb. Only Triple Spiral lets its down imo. Shell Games, Jenjune Stars and Haile Salassie are amazing, whilst one for you, one for me is simply a great great closing track, absolutely beautiful...even the monologue is engaging.
In conclusion: i love bright eyes.
A lot of people are comparing it to Digital Ash, but I think the closest comparison is Conor's self titled solo record, especially in terms of lyrics and themes. I'm not going to dismiss the record, because I always start off wary with new Bright Eyes' releases before growing to love them, but I can't see this becoming a favourite. But I will persevere. I think it takes at least half a dozen goes to really see the big picture (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) with someone as genius as Oberst.
(Although, If I was unleashing my darkest, most disappointing first impression, I'd probably say that I know it's selfish to want him to go back to singing about first love and coke-angst, but I found it much more engaging that studenty Rasta-referencing bollocks.)
lyrically hasnt really sunk in yet (took me this long to even notice all the past bright albums references n shell games) but musically it is great, enjoy it a lot more than cassadaga, cant see myself ultimatly liking it more than the other albums though but who knows
Anyone who thinks this is within spitting distance of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning is clearly a nutter.
but then it hit me, and i realised i was wrong and that this is possibly his finest hour. get it on headphones, no distractions and you'll possibly end up in the same 10/10 place that I now find myself.
whilst I really enjoy it and it is still early days I dont see it topping earlier albums for me, theyre at their best when his songs are direct and personal, now his song writing scope has changed and is a little more cryptic, I can get to an end of a song and not really understand what it was about so I dont think I could ever love it as much (unless it all eventually clicks), musically though it is very strong especially live
and was far more exciting on first listen, but it's got nowhere near the depth for me. Peaople's Key just grows with every listen.
lyrically it's certainly pretty different, but not a million miles away from the stuff he was writing about on Digital Ash. I'm preferring to focus on the cool futuristic stuff rather than the pseudo-Rasta bits, but the imagery's great throughout. Musically, it's both much more accessible and much more ambitious than Cassadaga and the solo albums.
Shell Games, Jejune Stars, Haile Selassie and Ladder Song (which no one's mentioned yet, but which I think is quietly devastating) are my favourites.
The guitar tones and the change in lyrical content, it's crazy how it stands out from a lot of the previous releases. Feels much more of a "band" record, as opposed to Conor and his monkeys.
interview with Conor, Mike and Nate is coming v.v.v.soon (just as soon as I find the time to transcribe it all)
and... It's really coming together. I don't think there's a weak track, or at least a track without something in it that makes me stop for a second, or actually make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I think some of the lyrics are going to take more time before I really feel I appreciate what he's going for, but on the whole... yeah, it's starting to make sense.