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Lifted Or the Story Is the Soil: Keep Your Ear to

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 (13 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • ASIN: B00006FRN7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Big Picture
2. Method Acting
3. False Advertising
4. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will
5. Lover I Don't Have To Love
6. Bowl Of Oranges
7. Don't Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come
8. Nothing Gets Crossed Out
9. Make War
10. Waste Of Paint
11. From A Balance Beam
12. Laura Laurent
13. Lets Not Shit Ourselves (To Love And To Be Loved)

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Bright Eyes ~ Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil-Keep Your Ear T

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite frankly......Astounding. 11 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Bright Eyes record I heard and I was simply blown away. For years I was ploughing my way through hours and hours of music, never realising that this was the album I was looking for. The lyrics are breathtaking and the music, though understated, is nothing short of epic (and not in a prog rock way!!!). A word of warning however. This album is not for easy listening and those music listeners who prefer not to think too much about their music should look away now, it takes a good few listens to really begin to appreciate Conor Oberst's lyrics. But when you do begin to recognise and understand the messages coming from these songs you'll understand why many people (myself included) believe this man to be the best song writer in the world today, perhaps the best ever. There can be no stand-out songs from an album where your favourite is usually the last one you heard, but if you want to try before you buy, then listen to "Lover I Don't Have to Love", "Lets Not S**t Ourselves" and "Bowl of Oranges" to get the full picture. Buy this album. You haven't lived until you've heard it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Latest impressive offering from Conor Oberst 12 Sep 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
On first listen, do not be put off by the quirky intro, the unpolished recording and the echoed-voice that sounds more like a cassette than a cd. It appears that Conor Oberst uses this to add sincerity to an already convincing album, at the risk of immediately losing any form of mainstream audience. Unlike the moody, reclusive album 'Fevers and Mirrors', 'Lifted...' at times finds Conor and his collection of musicians in a slightly more upbeat state of mind (to write 'happy' would be too exagerated and too offensive a word). British fans might like to know that song 'Bowl of Oranges' is said to be a favourite of artist Ed Harcourt, and this track would certainly come under the list of songs instantly accessible along with 'You will. you' and 'Waste of paint'. However it is songs such as 'Lover i dont have to love'(displaying a dark repressed atmosphere similar to 'sunrise, sunset' from the 'Fevers and mirrors' album) where Oberst truly demonstrates his versatile emotions ranging from ambivolence, to depression to anger. Fans of Bright Eyes will know this already, and agree that for it to be categorized in the genre 'alt country' would be too dismissive of the Dylan-esque songs produced. Having done so myself, i would advise newcomers to listen to this album first as it is (though only slightly) more accessible than his previous albums that prefered to settle on one state of mind. At times it can be a challenge to listen to, which arguably isnt a bad thing in an era of insincere solo artists sticking to a similar formula.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Future classic 7 Dec 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Wilfully lo-fi in places (strange choice for the opener I thought) - gloriously lush in others - full of wonderful melodies and a real sense of joy in the playing from the ensemble.
Bewildering on first listen but I promise you just gets better and better with every play.
As for Mr Oberst - he can now hold a tune - bit more discipline where vocal rawness (and wilful screaming) took the edge off some of the promising stuff on earlier albums - though Fevers and Mirrors is also well worth exploring.
Prone to uncontrollable attacks of spleen on previous albums he's got it right here - a little overlong and wordy at times ( but hey check out first Springtseen album and early Dylan) and without doubt a gift for lyric and melody - halfway way down the line to genius.
Frequently inspiring - a must for serious music fans into any of indie/classic rock/pop/folk/and alt country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Performance by Conor and Co. 16 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Sweeping melodies combined with a ragged togetherness, raw and unpolished production, and an overdose of clever and often touching lyrics.... on first listen its almost too much to take in but given time this album comes into its own and in years to come will be surely regarded by many people as a truly classic album.
Personal album highlights are 'False Advertising', 'Bowl of Oranges' and the most beautiful of all, 'Nothing Gets Crossed Out'. Bright Eyes AKA Conor Oberst's voice could hardly be described as strong yet its fragile nature conveys the sheer emotion of the songs. A talented and diverse backing band add to
the brilliance of these songs which just get better and better with every play.
A rollercoaster ride of an album that should be cherished by those who recognise 22 year old Conor Oberst's envious songwriting talents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just Fantastic 7 Nov 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a newcomer to Coner(I'm not even sure this is his name?) i can honestly say that this album matches up to almost anything that defines the word 'music'. The album kinda remninds me of 'Blonde On Blonde' by Bob Dylan GET IT! Where all the songs are equally as great and the whole album just flow so flawlessly. I am a big lyric fan when it comes to music and can honestly say that these are among the best i've heard, the songs sound refreshing and Coners? imagery is just tremendous. I'm definetely going to get the back catalogue but for now this is in my CD player on repeat(sounds cliched but when your three songs from the end of the album panic sets in). A mini-masterpiece. V. Good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly mature effort 25 Aug 2002
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I was surprised by how good this album actually is. It's about ten times better than Fevers and Mirrors. I found the overly tremulous voice too hard to take on that one, despite the quality of the songs. Here his voice sounds smoother most of the time, and with the odd exception, less feverish and ranty. The lo-fi production which varies in texture from track to track, is really excellent. With alot of albums, you feel you're just sitting in the studio for the whole of the duration, but here, you feel like you're being taken to lots of different places, with lots of different atmospheres. Conor Oberst is still quite highly wrought in his delivery, but it's significantly more controlled than before. It's probably best not to pick out individual tracks, as the thing works best as a whole. And after listening to it once, I thought it was a minor masterpiece. One that alot of effort had been put into, to get it right. It's not an album I'd want to listen to over and over again, but one I'd listen to when I was in the right mood. It feels like a film, an intimate portrait of smalltown life, occasionally upset by the bigger picture (to use the title of the first song). A couple of tracks attempt to pull the work out of solemnity, but thankfully, they are fighting a lost cause, and the down mood pervades like a really rainy day. One that makes a person feel deeper than they thought they were. There is pain here, of course, alot of it. But it feels like it's at one remove for the listener. Like the sharp edges have been smoothened. And this is a positive step for Conor Oberst as an artist. He is no longer allowing his pain to eclipse his art. The two are blended here without too much conflict, which makes this album a genuinely artistic achievement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
The CD arrived promptly.
It was in perfect condition.
The sound-quality was flawless.
The music itself is brilliant. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lewy
3.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Another gift, so again unable to rate it properly as I did not hear it! I have had no complaints from the recipient, so presume that it was good?
Published 14 months ago by Duke of Sheffield
4.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 4 and a half
An amazing talent is hidden away in the relatively unknown band Bright Eyes. Especially when you consider the talented singers age! - currently a young 28! Read more
Published on 21 April 2008 by Mr. D. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my god
How can I have only just discovered this !!! Its a masterpiece. I feel like the guy who has just seen his first Picasso. This album is that good. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2008 by DAVID BAXENDALE
5.0 out of 5 stars Colossal, shambolic, alt-country flavoured behemoth.
Oberst has come in for a lot of flack from most critics, which is partly understandable, given that he's the poster-boy for whinging emo-fans with pretensions at depth, moaning... Read more
Published on 18 Nov 2005 by Jonathan James Romley
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Buy this album now!
This is quite simply the best album I have ever heard! It is amazing the words are fantastic, touching and funny all at the same time. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars worms like soil too
Lifted... more than justifies Bright Eyes' tag "The New Dylan". However, he draws inspiration from more than just ol' Bobby (I hear Simon & Garfunkel on one song) whilst still... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2003 by "straw_hat"
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw, ragged and verbose lo-fi indie rock
Well, here's a rum one. Lifted is a defiantly uncommercial album, almost wilfully so, and yet it's awash with great melodies and quality music. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2003 by Anthony Lynas
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