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LETTING OFF THE HAPPINESS [CD]

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 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00005AQBE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,384 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If Winter Ends
2. Padraic My Prince
3. Contrast And Compare
4. The City Has Sex
5. The Difference In The Shades
6. Touch
7. June On The West Coast
8. Pull My Hair
9. A Poetic Retelling Of My Unfortunate Seduction
10. Tereza And Thomas

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Last year, Wichita released Fevers and Mirrors in the UK, an album that some of us erroneously believed to be the debut from tortured, soulful, ex-Catholic and Nebraskan, 20-year-old Conner Oberst. Erroneously, because in fact Oberst had already released two previous albums, A Collection of Songs (written and recorded between 1995-1997) and 1998s Letting Off The Happiness. (This, after forming Commander Venus at the age of 14, and releasing another two albums!. As might be expected from a precocious artist who has excited comparisons with Elliott Smith and Daniel Johnston, this is a raw and intimate affair: "Contrast And Compare" strangely sounding like Flaming Lips, "The City Has Sex" as frantic and oversensitive as Oberst's British fans have come to expect, "Touch" saturated in layers of emotion. Members of Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal contribute, and the resulting album is less polished than Fevers And Mirrors, less accomplished, but nonetheless wonderfully affecting. --Jerry Thackray

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BRIGHT EYES Letting Off The Happiness (2001 UK Wichita Recordsings 10-track CD album from tortured soulful ex-Catholic and Nebraskan Conner Oberst. Includes Contrast And Compare and The City Has Sex picture sleeve WEBB011)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds it's own with the New Material. 1 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am a firm believer that records should not sound over produced and filled with sounds that a really not necessary. This record totally fulfills this idea, the first song 'If Winter ends' is effortlessy sweet and bursting with emotion but still has this raw sound to it that characterises this record. 'Letting Off The Happiness' was Conor's first major release and marks a section of his career whee his youth perfectly balance his music, I can relate to a lot of the songs on this record, it really documents life in a town where sometimes life just isn't what it should be.

The arrangements are quite fantastic on this record, you really get a healthy dose of what can happen when you combine the recording vision of Mike Mogis and the song writing effervescence of Conor Oberst.

This record is an excellant starting point for listening to Bright Eyes but, it's a record that really is one of the best he has recorded despite the perhaps more developped Conor we see in the latest releases. This record is ESSENTIAL and with out doubt holds it's own with the new material.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By MG
Format:Audio CD
Not having heard any of the other Bright Eyes (the brainchild of Conor Oberst) albums (yet) I was ...pleased to discover how enjoyable this album is. Starting with the first song that manages to mirror the building frustration of the lyrics in the mounting intensity of the music, continuing with the harrowing second song (whose haunting lyrics begin with "i had a brother once, he drowned in a bathtub before he had ever learned how to talk") and following through to the very last track this is a collection of beautiful, intelligent, heartfelt songs that leave you emotinally drenched, but happy at having had the experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Hibernation Theme 4 Feb 2014
By Jacob
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Conor's lyrics cease to amaze me, in having both the talent to show the brightside of depressing realities, and capturing thought-tracks propelled by their appropriate emotions!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Letting off the happiness 1 Dec 2012
Format:Vinyl
This is one of the best Bright Eyes album, there is not any track that i dislike.
The only reason i didn't give it 5/5 is because the last track was missing.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  30 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know if music gets more emotional than this 14 Sep 2002
By Stephen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The album starts off with noise that leaves you wondering what to expect, then all of the sudden, a tenderly strummed acoustic guitar comes into the sonic realm and your worries are relieved. "If Winter Ends" isn't a song to listen to while driving..."Padraic my Prince", melodically, is one of the best songs on here. Lyrically, it tells the tale of untimely death and a suicide pact to make up for it...it's not a happy album, folks. The female backing vocals give "Contrast and Compare" an interesting sound. The songs full of great lines people sometimes quote: 'I can't breathe with these words in my mouth'. "The City has Sex" is a faster paced song about the city and the people in it. One reviewer called "Touch" 'bedroom techno', and I can't think of a better way to describe it. It starts off semi-industrial but then morphs into something that sounds like an oldies station with manic depression. "June on the West Coast" is basically a country song without the typical redneck style vocals. The simple melody and Dylan-ish vocal delivery have been stuck in my head on many, many days. "A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunte Seduction" is haunting to say the least. The album closes with "Tereza and Tomas" (a reference to Milan Kundera's excellent book The Unbearable Lightness of Being). The song is aching in its beauty. Its about love and escape, two of the things that often keep us going. If you listen to this with your eyes closed, it takes you away to another place. This album is underproduced, some might say, but a lo-fi fan might say that's exactly what makes it great. I don't know. The lack of production makes it seem very earnest, very genuine, and very very real. Unlike a lot of the fake and contrived "emo" out there today, this album is truly an emotional experience. I don't know if that requires it be labeled emo, but if it does, it certainly lives up to the title. Conor writes with such genuine honesty that you can't help but listen to and remember every word he sings. And the singing, oh my...he sings like he cries and it doesn't sound lame. If that's not an accomplishment, I don't know what is.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a new discovery 22 April 2003
By James Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i've recently become a bright eyes fan in the past few months. since then i've managed to snag lifted, fever and mirrors, and lettings off the happiness. it took a bit to grow on me, but, they are all flawless. conor has the ability to speak to many in a manner that few others do; its almost disconcerting. the songs are painstakingly beautiful, yet honest. last saturday i got to see bright eyes play at the howlin' wolf in new orleans, and it was amazing! pick up one of these albums or stop by a show, it will be worth the time and money invested.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just get me past this dead and eternal snow... 10 April 2005
By Peanut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is by far one of the best CD's ever composed by Bright Eyes. One of the greatest things about this album is that Conor Oberst sings all of his songs with such emotion that you can actually feel what he's singing and his lyrics are poetic enough so send chills down your spine. I personally related to "If Winter Ends" which is track one on the CD and I beleive that everybody has felt that way at one point or another. "Letting off the Happiness" also has a healthy mix of songs you can lay back and relax to(like "Sail Away", "If winter ends", "Contrast and Compare"), and songs that are more upbeat like "the city has sex" and "pull my hair". The entire CD has a mellow, yet very awake indie/folk vibe to it. I highly recomend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mind blowing 20 Nov 2005
By rockismylife - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge Bright Eyes fan, and even though I don't think this is Oberst's best album, it is the most admirable. He was 17 and 18 when it was being recorded. I am the same age and all this makes me think is, "What am i doing with my life?" That and Conor Oberst is amazing. The ups and downs on this album are great and, as always, the lyrics are both everything you had always thought and things you had never thought of before. Definetly a good buy.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw...pure...and honest... 12 April 2003
By Andrit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is Bright Eyes' less-produced album...it has a very raw quality, as most of the songs were recorded on a 4- or 8-track in Conor Oberst's basement. In my opinion, I like it better that way...it adds something that Lifted and Fevers&Mirrors was lacking...I'm not even sure how to explain it, but...
I'm sure some people are sick of all the Bob Dylan comparisons, but here I go. Remember early Dylan (like Highway 61 Revisited- Era and Another Side of Bob Dylan- Era) when it was mostly just him and an acoustic guitar, sometimes an organ and some drums? It didn't take away from the effect of his unique voice and his poetry like some of the later, more rock-oriented, electric efforts. I think the same thing about Bright Eyes..."Letting off the Happiness" is my favorite album by this band because there weren't all these other unnecessary instruments distracting the listeners from Conor's voice and his lyrics. His emotion is pure and there is a great balance of vocals and instruments on this album. Now I'm just going to say a little bit about what I appreciated about each song:
1) if winter ends
"I dreampt of a fever, one that could cure me of this cold, winter-set heart..." great lyrics, good tempo...
2) padraic my prince
this was the first bright eyes song i ever heard (before i ever bought any of their albums). i think i was in awe by it, and i just had it saved on real player on my computer or something, and i kept uploading it over and over to listen to it.
3) contrast and compare
i love the female vocal accompaniment! wonderful! it really compliments conor's deep voice and adds a lot to the song.
4) the city has sex
this song reminds me of late-70's punk rock!
5) the difference in the shades
i really like the finger-plucking on the acoustic guitar and the pedal steel.
6) touch
ooh, touch! what a perfect song...i like the "broken-keyboard-effect" and the fact that it is a more upbeat song without becoming pop. when conor starts to yell, the voices in the background add a lot of depth to the song.
7)june on the west coast
this is a less frantic bright eyes song...it's all acoustic, just conor and his guitar. it is probably the folk-iest song on this album, and one of my favorites.
8) pull my hair
great to sing along to--i like the pedal steel, which gives it a country vibe. during the chorus, i like the vocal accompaniment by andy lemaster.
9) a poetic retelling of an unfortunate seduction
excellent, dark, and haunting lyrics...it even has an accordian in the 2nd verse!
10) tereza and tomas
what a beautiful song, and it ends the album on a great note. excellent use of keyboard and guitar.
In my opinion, pick up this album or "Fevers&Mirrors" before you purchase "Lifted..." because as great of an album as "Lifted..." is, it has a lot of extra weight that I feel somewhat takes away from the beauty and poetry of bright eyes. it's great that conor is experimental and can take his music to all sorts of new heights, but i do hope for another album that is not a far cry from "letting off the happiness" in the future!
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