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Noise Floor

11/05/2006 | Filter | www.filter-mag.com | Album Review
It seems as if our friend Conor Oberst has taken a cue from our other
friend Ryan Adams, who can act a lot like this other guy we know,
Robert Pollard. They're all prolific songwriters who insist on
sharing every last drop. In 2005, Oberst released two Bright Eyes
albums simultaneously (followed by a live collection), and, well, both
albums were great. But in the case of this rarities collection, the
very title implies scraps from the cutting room, and indeed, most of
Noise Floor's tracks are leftovers from the past seven years. Sure,
Oberst can shit better songs than some people can write and
accordingly, many of these first-round rejects have merit: "I've Been
Eating (for You)," "Drunk Kid Catholic" and "Happy Birthday to Me
(Feb. 15)," all of which previously appeared on a U.K. single, are
fine additions to the Bright Eyes songbook. And surely "Trees Get
Wheeled Away" will end up on the playlists of the teen nation's bitter
and bedridden. But overall there's the feeling that these songs are
rare for a reason. Either they play second-string to the prize-winners
or they're good ideas that took off but never quite landed. 82%
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