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Fevers & Mirrors [CD]

Bright Eyes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jan 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00004U690
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,511 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever And A Necklace
2. A Scale, A Mirror And These Indifferent Clocks
3. The Calender Hung Itself
4. Something Vague
5. The Movment Of A Hand
6. Arienette
7. When The Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass
8. Haligh, Haligh A Lie Haligh
9. The Center Of The World
10. Sunrise, Sunset
11. An Attempt To Tip The Scales
12. A Song To Pass The Time

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Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors

It's rare that pop music reaches such depths of emotion. Fevers And Mirrors, the debut album from Conner Oberst's Bright Eyes, may recall many other classic tortured artists-- Tim Buckley, naive blues poet Daniel Johnston and Leonard Cohen not least among them--but its fragility and melancholy is most definitely its own. The pivotal track is the opening "A Spindle, A Darkness, A Fever, And A Necklace" wherein the Nebraska-born singer's trembling voice attempts to answer a fuzzy recording of a child pleading a dread of separation, and fails. Elsewhere, on songs like the frantic "The Calendar Hung Itself" and "Sunrise, Sunset", the melodies become even more poignant, even more beautiful. Tinny keyboards, rapid-fire drum-beats and the odd guitar all sweeten the mix. Oberst first started detailing his desire and lack of fulfilment six years ago, as a 14-year-old prodigy in the band Commander Venus--and one can only imagine that a major cult will grow up around this tortured, mysterious, ex-Catholic. An extraordinary album. --Everett True END

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly melancholic, beautifully moving.... 15 May 2002
Format:Audio CD
After hearing a few Bright Eyes songs, I knew I had to find out more about the seemingly-unknown Conor Oberst. The first song I heard was The Calendar Hung Itself, on a classic rock radio station, and I remember being so moved by his voice and feeling that I NEEDED more...
Fevers And Mirrors is my first Bright Eyes album, but I certainly intend to get more. I don't know how to describe the emotion and genuine beauty in these songs... The perfect example of Bright Eyes' amazing haunting articulacy is (my favourite song) Haligh Haligh, A Lie, Haligh, which makes me cry almost every time I hear it. His voice is enough to stir the most apathetic person, and the passion which laces his beautiful words would move anyone. Before buying this album, you should be aware that it's like a huge punch in the stomach; the listener can't help but feel his pain, and it leaves you feeling dazed and ... well... depressed. But it's so worth it!!
I thoroughly recommend this album, it's one of the most eloquent albums I've heard in a longtime, and the words are so beautiful...
Buy :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense and magical 3 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Someone here previously wrote that Conor Oberst needs to "cheer up and grow up". Well that is pretty hard as he can't really control a lot of his thoughts. The emotion and everything generated in his mind is beautifully crafted into passionate, but sometimes uplifting songs as an alternative to self-destruction.
It may be depressing, but it's nice, the first half of the album especially - each track being your favourtite, until the next one starts.
I was sceptical when someone close to me recommended this to me, but I am a big fan. Listen to it when you feel low, or happy, it's just great whenever, even if you don't empathise with the music and the lyrics. Perhaps the best Bright Eyes album, Conor Oberst's voice as fantastic as ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I am LOVING Fevers and Mirrors! 19 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album gets better each time I listen to it. The voice of Mr Oberst is addictive and hypnotic; the music is beautiful. I wouldn't, couldn't, go anywhere without this album. I have never submitted a review of anything at all prior to today...and was only on Amazon looking to see what else I can get by the artist. A rare talent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, bright and beautiful 30 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely in my top 3 albums of all time. There is not a faulted song on this dark and feverish album, and plenty of evidence of genius. "The Calendar Hung Itself" is the sound of a tormented artist sitting bolt upright in bed at night, as is "Sunrise, Sunset". Conor Oberst's anguished wail never becomes annoying so much as a refreshing antidote to the slick, manufactured voices of blander, less meaningful bands. The inclusion of a mock interview to explain the symbolism in a humourous way not only provides an alternative to pretentious sleeve notes, but also variety and a break in the music. "Haligh, Haligh, a Lie, Haligh" is my personal favourite, speaking honestly of betrayal with a stunning melody to boot. It's really rare an album equally rich in both tunes and lyrics emerges, and so this one should be grasped with both hands. Buy this now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bright hope for bright eyes 3 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
tender poetry, drunken regrets, real passion and delicate whispered late-night love songs. Featuring guitars, keyboards and even a spoof radio interview, This is THE album of last year. Yes, some may dismiss it as angsty whining and downbeat dirge, but compared to, say Radiohead, this is the true sound of suffering and discovery. Ideal for self-contemplative insomniacs, or anyone with a soul, from the soft acoustics of the opening track to the crazed, frenetic "The Calendar Hung Itself" and the scarey "Sunrise, Sunset" this is an album unlike any other so much as emotion and depth go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bright eyes will have bright future 2 Nov 2000
Format:Audio CD
conor oberst is the twenty year old behind bright eyes. having played the guitar and written songs since he was a child, in his teens he started to record them, and has since released many albums in the states. the beautiful melancholy of 'Fevers and Mirrors' (the first uk album release) demonstrates his inticate and delicate music and songwriting skills to the full. It's an album for those who already love singers like elliott smith, nick drake, etc. This album will either drive you to tears or make you insanely happy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Beauty 27 Aug 2006
By Alex
Format:Audio CD
This is the most beautiful Bright Eyes album to date with Lifted in a very close second, the album flows from track to track almost without notice. Many reviewers have slated the musical styles of Conor for various reasons which I will never understand, although this is not an album you can just put on in the background and absorb passively it is one of beauty, grace and a level of song-smithery so advanced it is breathtaking.

When listening to this album you almost feel like you are sat beside him. There is a subtle intimacy between the imperfect music and scratchy vocals which make every note and every word hit you with the force of 1000. This is a truly amazing album which gets better with every listen , you will find that each time you hear a song you will acknowledge something you had missed the previous time. Whether it is an off note, a quiet guitar line laying just beneath the surface, or a subtle breath mid word; every little detail works together to make this album what it is.
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