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Bright Eyes Audio CD
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Since 2006 the once revolving cast of Bright Eyes players has settled around permanent members Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott, with additional musicians joining them in the studio and on tour. Fully realized and bursting with charisma, The People’s Key is an assured and accomplished album, artfully arranged and filled with the engaging and mesmeric songwriting for which ... Read more in Amazon's Bright Eyes Store

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  • Audio CD (9 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000O59ZCU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On their sixth and most straightforwardly clean album, Nebraska's Bright Eyes once again integrate a revolving cast of players to the mix, including Portland tunesmith M. Ward and alt-country queen Gillian Welch. But the band remains at the helm of forever-wunderkind Conor Oberst, and the fruitful songwriter has one-upped 2005's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning with a proficient and accessible ensemble of expansive pop orchestrations and ornate folk songs that chronicle his traverses across the American panorama. Oberst's voice quakes and wanders through South Dakota lore and Sunshine State chicanery, always the perfect vehicle for his threadbare lyrics. "Take the fruit from the tree/Break the skin with your teeth/Is it bitter or sweet/All depends on your timing," he forewarns in "Cleanse Song," a psychedelic merry-go-round of a soundtrack that joins the Scottish-tinged "Soul Singer in a Session Band" and singalong single "Four Winds" as Cassadaga's finest. The 13-song-record is certain to open more doors for a band whose recognition has soared with every release since Oberst was just 14. --Scott Holter

BBC Review

Conor Oberst is still a very young man. It's worth remembering this as on Bright Eyes' seventh album he seems to have used the psychic community namechecked in the title to channel some very old souls indeed. While lazy journalists like to rank him next to Dylan or Costello, there's more at work here. This is an album that relishes its settings and arrangements as much as its lyrical concerns. Just check the cover! It's more a Gesmantkunstwerk, if you will.

Along with multi-instrumental pals Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott both playing up to ten instruments and a cast of seemingly thousands to bolster this sound, Cassadaga is very much part of that new Americana movement that includes all bands from Lambchop to Wilco via Sufjan Stevens: Self-critical and yet still in love with its heritage and unafraid of using every musical tool inherent in said heritage. Prog Americana.

Oberst also shares Kurt Wagner and Jeff Tweedy's indie lyrical obtuseness which is now lingua franca for all budding commentators of the land of the free. It seems safe to say that a song like 'Four Winds' addresses the wrongness of war in all its guises, but mostly Conor's words seem to use his own experience to nail a particular feeling. It's all so remarkably assured while being as tricky and hidden as the images on this exquisitely packaged album. As mentioned before, this is a young man who sings of creative redundancy in 'Soul Singer In A Session Band' or rehab in 'Cleanse Song'.

But in all this he still has time for good old-fashioned love song. Even if they are essentially thinly-veiled kiss-offs to former girlfriends and lovers such as 'Classic Cars' and 'Make A Plan To Love Me'. Of course, Oberst's gift is the drop-dead melody, here couched in lush country stylings. He could sing the phone book in that mid-western tone and get away with it. It may be a little too parochial for the UK mass market, but it's head and shoulders above those clinging to the old band methodology. Goodness knows how good he'll be when he reaches 30. --Chris Jones

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 6th from Oberst & Co. 27 July 2007
By J.
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The latest Bright Eyes album is easily one of the finest alt. folk (or whatever brand of Americana you want to label them under) records released this year. In fact, it's their finest effort to date - it's warm, mature and lacking in much of the pretension of their previous efforts.

It's not all about Oberst's quivering delivery and often sharp thought provoking sentiments contained in his words, it's the sheer majesty of the country tinged musicianship (the pedal steel, the riotous percussion, the warm background vocals) and the arrangements that make the songs of `Cassadaga' so accessible and endearing.

2005's releases were, at times, exceptional (especially the more stripped down `I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning') and they certainly suggested that despite the quality of their output to date, there was something quite amazing yet to come from the young Oberst & Co.

`Cassadaga' is more of a sequel to `I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' as it recalls the flow and atmosphere of the tales within its song cycle. However, as much as it evokes the tuneful element of the aforementioned release, it also delivers on the promises within 2002's sprawling `Lifted, Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground'.

There's the Middle America characters and the political referencing that earned Oberst the `New Bob Dylan' accolades, yet the writing appears to be much more realized (the lyrics aren't just smart, but at times honest). The incredible `Hot Knifes' and the single `Four Winds' carry the recurring themes: religion and truth. In fact, much of the album rotates around the idea that life, like the haven the album is named after, is just that ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive 26 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard anything by Bright Eyes until over easter, when they did an interview on radio one at something like midnight. They played a stripped down version of 'middleman', and i knew i was hearing something special. the album is no different. Current favourites are 'if the breakman turns my way' and 'hot knives', but each song is a gem. Might need a couple of listens if you are new to them, but their style is something you'll come to know and love. Lyrics are inspired as well, although not as politically driven perhaps as other albums, although there are several strong ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright Eyes 23 Jun 2008
By J. Hull
Format:Audio CD
Cassadaga took me by surprise upon first listening. The once raw stripped down, almost "unplugged" sound of previous Bright Eyes releases was taken away and replaced with a much cleaner, more produced sound. That's not to say that Conor Oberst has given in to acclaimed mainstream stardom, his style remains, and his ingenious poetry still manages to captivate and touch in ways only previously accomplished by Bob Dylan. A tough analogy indeed, but such is the quality of Bright Eyes lyrics, and a comparison made so quaint and often in todays society where each Bright Eyes album has brought the "wunderkid" more and more critical acclaim upon each release.

The album opens as expected with any Bright Eyes album, a slow building attack on mainstream music - usually including atmospheric noises and speach, as a way of telling everyone that this is something you have not heard before, and you would not expect it on anybody else's CD. The song eventually evolves into a beautiful acoustic Indie Folk track, very similar to work from his previous album "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning".

"Four Winds" is the first single to be released, which showcases Oberst's new polished sound coupled with a "firefly soundtrack"-sounding string quartet so aptly used through the whole album. Soaring acoustic guitars and powerful strung chords coupled with fragile honest lyrics shows one of Oberst's best songs to date. Obviously a God-fearing man, but knowledgable of the increasing problems in todays society, his broad vocabulary tells the lot in an trully extraordinary track.

"If The Brakeman Turns My Way" is another different sounding Bright Eyes track, led by simple piano chords.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make a plan...... 9 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have enjoyed Conor Oberst's music for a few years and I feel that "Cassadaga" is without question one of his finest collections of songs. Thoughtful and thought provoking and personally I cannot fault this album. Some of the string arrangements and woodwind sections are sublime, there is an alt country feel to some tracks but that should not put anyone off. The more I listen to this album the more rewarding it becomes, I wish that more people were aware that there is still great music being made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year contender 10 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
The last time Conor Oberst released an album he released, well, two. It was ironic, of a fashion, that it was the "less experimental" one, I'm Wide Awake It's Morning that actually garnered most attention. That's not to say that Digital Ash In A Digital Urn was a bad album but it was one that didn't really play to Oberst's strengths.

It is perhaps telling then that Cassadaga is more "Wide Awake" than "Digital Ash". And it no less the thrilling for that.

Sure there is nothing here that will convert the doubters, of which there are more than a few it has to be said, but neither is there anything that will put any doubts into the minds of those that believe in him.

Indeed, songs like Four Winds and If The Breakman Turns My Way are up there with the best things he's ever put on record. Make A Plan To Love Me maybe even better. It's Oberst at his most simple, its an unabashed and straightforward love song, but quickly transplants itself onto a higher plain with the minimum of fuss.

I've never quite got my head around the "new Bob Dylan" proclamations, although at his best Oberst can channel that communal spirit that serves Dylan so well, but there's little doubt in my mind that this is a fantastic album and better than Dylan's recent efforts by quite some way.

It's definitely up there in terms of albums of the year so far.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Conor Oberst is a prolific and fine songwriter.
Published 3 days ago by Raymond O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Make a plan to buy this
I've never fully understood why so many Bright Eyes fans leap to criticise the 'over-production' on Cassadaga - it's the overt mysticism which is the real change in Bright Eyes'... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Kate Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Relationship....
I'm interested in how Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst polarises reviewers opinions....I find him intensely annoying and totally compelling at the same time. Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Anon/Devon
1.0 out of 5 stars Heard worse but haven't kept it
I was in places reminded of Al Stewart and his "Year of the cat"-relatively catchy songs until you hear them a few times and then the clean voice and the prententious lyrics hasten... Read more
Published on 31 May 2010 by Gizmophobic
4.0 out of 5 stars First of several?
This, along with Conor Obersts latest solo offering, is my first venture into the musical world of Bright eyes. Read more
Published on 19 April 2009 by Martyn Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bright Eyes album yet?
Conor Oberst's follow-up to 2005's I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning sees him writing and performing what is probably his most clean-sounding, straight forward country/indie/rock album... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by A. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep doing it
Having spent most of last year listening to "I'm wide awake it's morning" I didn;t honestly believe that in Cassadage, Bright Eyes could produce something to the same level. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2007 by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid 6th from Oberst & Co.
The latest Bright Eyes album is easily one of the finest alt. folk (or whatever brand of Americana you want to label them under) records released this year. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2007 by J.
5.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing
i own quite a few bright eyes cd's but cassadaga is one of my favourites i'd recommened it to anyone, it takes a few listens and then it hits you, and it's brilliant. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2007 by becca
4.0 out of 5 stars A real grower, give it a chance and you will like it
This album is, as the first reviewer said, a real grower. It takes a good few listens before you start to pick out the different instrumental subtleties that run through the album. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2007 by Scott Mackie
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