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A return to brilliance
on 21 May 2014
Other than the first line I agree entirely with the first paragraph of the previous reviewer. The early Bright Eyes albums are still amongst my favourite records of all time but Conor's work post 2007 was definitely disappointing after those heady heights.
I was anticipating this album more so than Conor's other recent efforts due to the involvement of First Aid Kit (who I have to say have probably taken the "favourite artist" award from Bright Eyes). I'd heard some of their other joint efforts (many of which are on youtube) so was excited to get my hands on this album but also nervous and apprehensive that it wouldn't meet my expectations. How wrong I was! Not only is Conor back to his brilliant best but the addition of Klara & Johanna (First Aid Kit) make it a masterpiece. Their voices fit so perfectly I just wish they'd been a band in their own right.
Personal favourites so far are Time Forgot, Zigzagging Toward the Light, Hundreds of Ways & Double Life. If you're a fan of Conor or First Aid Kit give this album a listen and you won't be disappointed.