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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 (1 Jun 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B000008UO0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but with perfect moments 30 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge Bright Eyes fan anyway, and the main reason I bought this CD was for the song "February 15th". In that respect, I was not disappointed. It is probably the most beautiful Bright Eyes song, and certainly the most heartbreaking, a bitter, acoustic teardrop perfectly complimented by Neely Jenkins' sweet, whispered, out-of-time echoes. However, there are a few too many songs on this album to make it as enjoyable as his other work. "Falling Out of Love at This Volume" is one of the better songs, but you might need regular rest stops and breaks to get through all 20 songs on this album. Considering he has had a review by Peggy P.Stierman, calling it a "20 song torture hour" typed onto the CD itself, Conor Oberst is obviously not content himself with this album. Nevertheless, if you want a raw version of "February 15th" infinitely preferable to the over-produced one on the single "Drunk Kid Catholic", buy this. If it doesn't drive you to tears you have no heart.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
With regards to the review on the disc itself written by Peggy P.Stierman this is by no means a "20 song torture hour" but a perfectly crafted story of a small town kid in love with song writing. From start to finish the album is filed with what, at first hearing, sounds like a random selection of songs thrown together in a few weeks, not years. However if you take the time to really digest the music you realise first of all that Conor is about 14 years old on most of the recordings and secondly he is using a 4 track reel to reel recorder in the basement of his parents' house. Yes most of the drum tracks are out of time in places and you can hear his phone ringing in " Exaltation on a cool, kitchen floor" but you have to take into account that Conor in his heart is a poet and most of these songs are just poems with subtle music in the background. Where other songs like "I watched you taking off" and "falling out of love at this volume" are structured to be pop songs with catchy melodies, this album may well be a mixed bag of songs, poems and random instrumental experiments but for a singer songwriter as young as he is on this record, this is a magnificent achievement.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars under certain circumstances 11 Mar 2005
By Kasey - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Do not buy this album if:

-you cannot stand lo-fi music

-have never heard bright eyes before

-have heard Conor Oberst's other material and already decided that you cannot tolerate his voice (because his voice is worse in this album)

Buy this album if:

-you already know and love Conor Oberst

-are more of a "words person" than a "music person". I havent heard the two albums he just came out with, but excluding those since i cannot judge them, "Lifted" is his best musically. It is argueable if this is his best lyrically, but I think it is his most intimate.

-buy this album even if you have emo-allergies. I cannot stand 99% of anything that would remotely be classified under "emo" except for this, which most would agree could be call "emo-folk" with more emphasis on the "folk" than the "emo".

-you think that the idea of a guy recording on a four-track in his basement is cool.

I understand that many people will not like this album. And I understand why, but i personally love it, and many other people will too. If my opinion was the only one that mattered I would have given it a 5 star rating, rather than a 4 star.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Bright Eyes 31 May 2004
By blueroses - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge fan of Bright Eyes so of course I loved this album. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, as I consider Bright Eyes to be more of an acquired taste than anything. This album in particular took a while to grow on me. A lot of people don't like Conor's voice, and I didn't really like it when I first heard it, but it really grew on me and now he is one of my favorites. About this album, the recording is really low quality (it was recorded... in his basement!) and...well, he was really young when he recorded these songs. Before you judge him too harshly, these songs were recorded when he was 15 or 16 years old. I like a lot of the songs on this album. Some of them aren't that great, admittedly.
There are some really great songs on here like 'Patient Hope in New Snow', 'Saturday as Usual', 'Falling out of love at this volume', 'Puella quam amo est pulchra', 'a celebration upon completion', 'All of the Truth', 'Lila', and 'Feb. 15th'. I like this album and I would recommend it to anyone who was already a big fan of Bright Eyes' later work. I think you would have to be a fan already to be able to appreciate this album. When I consider how young he was when this was recorded, I'm impressed.
The other great thing about this CD is the review printed on the CD itself.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fan 1 Dec 2001
By mia - Published on
Format:Audio CD
i feel compelled to comment on the reviewer above and his naive, if not misguided, offering. this early collection of work to come from mr. oberst was not originally planned to be released and one might view this as luck on "our" part. these were songs penned and sung at an age when most of his contemporaries where just learning what long division was. his voice and musical arrangements are clearly not developed enough to reach the high standard his fans hold him to today, as is obvious in the review above, but they showcase conor's unmisktable talent being born so early. at the age of thirteen he sings about moments i, at twenty-one, can only hope to experience let alone put into words. while i do recommend aquainting oneself with his more sought after LPs, this is a real treat for any true bright eyes fan. and as a related sidenote, if you have not yet had the pure orgasmic experience of catching a live show please do yourself the favor. no distance is too great to have your paradigm shifted.
[edited to say: for a limited time at you can order a christmas album done by Bright Eyes & Co. The 11 or so songs are traditionally what you would expect a christmas album to contain but they all have that saddle creek kick to them thanks to such excellent production. All the proceeds go to the Nebraska Aids Charity and this album is exclusive to the website (i.e., not going to be anywhere else.) This will, i am sure, become a collector's item so go support a good cause and get some groovy tunes out of it.]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars give it time 21 May 2004
By al - Published on
Format:Audio CD
i've been a fan of saddle creek artists for years but living in england has made it hard to buy the albums/lps. and so with this being conor's least famous (if that's the correct word) release, i bought this after every other major full length or ep. by that time bright eyes had been my favourite band for a long time. i think this is why i'm able to appreciate this collection so much. only after having an album or a two for a few months are you able to appreciate conor's voice. some people will always hate it. but i think if you can relate to his music well enough you come to actually prefer his voice being so scratchy and yet full at times.
and let's be fair here - the kid was between the ages of 15 and 17 when he recorded these things. personally, i love the anologue crapness you get from early 4 track recordings, and i love that here is a kid experimenting with instruments he's not a pro at playing. maybe i love it because i'm 16 myself and respect everything that conor does, or maybe some of the songs truly are just brilliant in that teenager sort of way. i also like the quirkiness of how he put a horrible review of it on the front of the cd. to me that sort of means if you dont like bright eyes that's fine; conor sort of likes that at times.
whatever it is, i recommend only buying this album if and when you're acquainted with bright eyes already and even then just give it a chance because it might take a while. it's possible to get used to the poor quality recording and start to like that about it. give it a go if you like 'when the curious girl realizes she is under glass' fevers and mirrors version.
and just remember his age. nobody said this was a masterpiece.
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear it like you read poetry. 5 Nov 2002
By Michael Coady - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I'm not entirely sure if Conor Oberst intended for this album to turn out the way it did, but certainly the way i viewed it was that he is this really incredible poet, who focuses mainly on making his words come alive. The way he presents this album in the way that its not recorded really professionally and his singing voice isn't really carefully mastered, you can feel it vividly almost like he's just playing to himself one of those songs that is about trying to make yourself cry.. When your screaming and strumming until you don't even know what your singing its just words inside of you that express all these feelings. Thats what i feel when i sing along. If you reach for a glass of water and discover dure in drinking it that its actually white wine, you will probably spit it out. Not to say that you don't like white wine, you just weren't expecting it.
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