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Motion Sickness 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 (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Saddle Creek Europe
  • ASIN: B000BRBH7C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,303 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. At The Bottom Of Everything
2. We Are Nowhere and It's Now
3. Old Soul Song
4. Make War Short
5. Make War
6. Scale
7. Landlocked Blues
8. Method Acting
9. Train Underwater
10. When The President Talks To God
11. Road To Joy
12. Mushaboom
13. True Blue
14. Southern State
15. The Biggest Lie

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Gibbons on 15 Nov 2005
Format: Audio CD
Having released two albums at the same time earlier this year, Bright Eyes returns with some live recordings of his sold out tour which consisted of 150 shows! The tour, as it states in the sleeve notes, was to promote the more folk inspired of the two albums released earlier this year, "Im wide awake its Morning" so therefore its no surprise that most of the best songs from that album appear on "Motion Sickness" in their live form. All the songs are performed very ably and Conor Oberst's voice still retains the endearing hesitance in the live arena that it does on record. Renditions of songs such as "Train Under Water", "We are nowhere and its now" and older songs such as "method acting" are all brilliant but one cant help but be dissappointed by the omission of such great songs such as "The First Day of my Life". Another slight detraction is that because Emmylou Harris is so brilliant in complementing Oberst's voice on "im wide awake, its morning", one wishes that she was there at the live shows to add her magic. However, overall this is a very good live album and well worth getting whether you are already equainted with the genuis that is Conor Oberst, or even if you are just curious to see what all the fuss is about. Either way, you wont be dissappointed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
The album captures a marathon tour undertaken to show the songs from the album 'I'm wide awake its morning'. The songs off this album are more adaptable for a live audience than the other 2005 Conor Oberst release, ‘Digital ash in a digital urn’. Some of the songs such as ‘Landlocked blues’ play are hardly distinguishable from the album, however there is enough variation to justify the live release.
The album sleeve comes with an account of the highs and lows of the 150 show tour from the perspective of the drummer and reveals a few interesting insights. Conor Oberst and another band member were greatly upset when a plane fault was found minutes before takeoff. An ironic incident considering the monologue at the beginning of ‘I’m wide awake’ which involves a plane plummeting to its destruction.
Songs such as ‘The president talks to God’ capture Conor’s anger at political events and the emotion in his voice is evident throughout. If you like bright eyes, and especially the more acoustic sounding music they create this is a must buy. Go see a Bright eyes live performance, however if you find the opportunities rare, buy this album, as it’s the next best thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you liked I'm Wide Awake It's Morning you should love this album 17 Dec 2005
By Joel Andrew - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a great live album in general; the quality is crystal. Connor's live voice is incredibly close to his studio versions, however, the live album caries some quicker tempos and perhaps, more energy. The nuances of his emotive stylings come through in the live versions, which make this Motion Sickness worth the purchase. For all you upset NPR couldn't release the DC performance, this album is just as great. The live performance of "Method Acting" is as good as I've ever found. Those tired of painful quality of live low-fi recordings of a genius low-fi artist will seriously appreciate an album that truly encompasses Bright Eyes' 2005 IWAIM tour. It captures the country twang Oberst adopted along with the predominant use of trumpet and slide guitars which make his new album so unique. There are some great covers such as Mushaboom (Feist) as well as a Nick Drake number. Also, I actually prefer `True Blue' live to the Lua Single studio edition. 'Southern State' is a beautiful song that is more appreciated on repeat listenings.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Close...But No Comparison 18 May 2006
By Taylor Steele - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I had the opportunity to see Bright Eyes last year, and this album had been released at about the same time. It was nice to be able to compare the live show with a live recording, especially after just having seen him.

Conor is a great performer, and even though people tend to have a problem with his voice (which is true of a lot of great artists, Bob Dylan included) I thought his vocal delivery was perfect, both live and on this recording. It's his little inflections, dropped notes and small flaws that give his words and stories character. But he never missed a beat and you can tell he really loves doing what he does.

As well as Conor, Nate Walcott's horn and keys are essential in making these songs what they are, and on this recording you can hear how large of a part he plays in bringing the songs to life. And Bright Eyes guitarist/producer Mike Mogis is also a fantastic asset in this live setting. Conor tends to have a rotating lineup of players on tour with him, but his bands are always amazing together, and this one is no exception.

Someone mentioned their frustration with the songs chosen for this recording, and I will agree. There were a lot of songs I was hoping to hear live and didn't, but I'm sure there was a reason for the choices, and most of this material was pulled from "I'm Wide Awake...", as well as some covers and unreleased material. I thought the Feist cover was great, and Bright Eyes covering Elliott Smith? Awesome. Conor has admitted that Elliott was a huge influence, and it's always nice when artists pay homage to the greats. "True Blue" is a cute little song that I was glad made the cut, and "When the President Talks to God" was a must-have considering all that has happened since the Vote-for-Change tour, where Bright Eyes first unveiled the protest masterpiece.

The recording is good, and it's nice to finally have an official Bright Eyes live cd, however if you get the chance to see him live, I hope you do. If you can sit through the teenage girls yelling random things about impregnation, I think you'll see a great young songwriter who is well on his way to becoming a mainstay in contemporary folk/rock. the people who would try to make arguments about that which they do not understand (i.e. some of the reviewers below): to compare Conor Oberst to Bob Dylan is a slap in the Dylan. As great as he is, Conor is 25. Bob Dylan is an American songwriting legend, Bright Eyes is a kid. Though well on his way to being what Bob Dylan has been to a new generation, it is entirely impossible to hold the two together. Conor's vocal and instrumental abilies may not be the best, but it's what he is saying and doing that matters, not just how well his fingers are moving up and down the fret board. Sometimes it's the sloppiness that makes it special. And, lastly, "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" is not entirely political. There are plenty of songs that are personal experiences, or the experiences of others, with no politically charged elements, whatsoever. "Lua", "First Day Of My Life" (a love song, no doubt), and "Poison Oak" are, quite simply, well written songs about life.

Don't generalize. It's rude.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing, heartfelt, raw with emotion masterpiece 21 Feb 2006
By Yellow Bird - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Bright Eyes fan at all, you will immediately love it. Even if your not a will enjoy. #2 Lua is one of my favorite tracks on the cd. There is a Feist cover that is awesome. True Blue is a good one. And so is make war. The horns in the backround make the record complete and it's cool to hear Conor's voice on some of the tracks w/ out the back up singers. It really is an amazing cd, I love it. Its one of my new favorites for sure.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Its OK, but the live shows and the studio albums are better 26 Feb 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was eager to buy this after seeing Bright Eyes play locally, but really, its a disappointment. The album is a lot more muted than the live show I remember, which was entirely captivating and full of an energy thats mostly lacking here. Oh well, its still Bright Eyes!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lots of Trumpet 13 Mar 2006
By Bob Lepine - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Motion Sickness, Bright Eyes' third album of 2005, is a compilation of live versions of some of his greatest hits. Many of the songs feature trumpet quite prominently, this working to great effect in "We Are Nowhere And It's Now", "Southern State", and "Old Soul Song." The album also contains his provocatively political and sacreligious single, "When the President Talks to God" as well as a less-whimsically performed and less enjoyable version of the song "True Blue". All in all, the album is a generally good mix of songs (also present is "The Biggest Lie" by Elliot Smith) with a distinct flavour.
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