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Four Winds

Author: Lee Zimmerman
04/05/2007 | New TImes Broward-Palm Beach | Album Review
Following the critical acclaim garnered by 2005's simultaneous release of
I'm Wide Awake It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, Bright Eyes
seems eager to confirm its status as indie overachievers. With anticipation
building for a follow-up, the band's mainstays - boy-genius Conner Oberst
joined by Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott - buy time with a six-song EP that
serves as an extended preview for their upcoming album Cassadaga. A
hodge-podge of Bright Eyes' assorted styles, it veers from the jaunty
country sway of the title track and the easy lilt of "Tourist Trap" to the
cool, subdued "Smoke Without Fire" and the discordance and disarray that
skews "Cartoon Blues." The most satisfying songs are those that fall
somewhere in between - the surging "Reinvent the World" and an assertive
"Stray Dog Freedom." Oberst remains a Bush-wacker as implied in lyrical
references to "the Great Satan" and "the horror of Babylon," but overall,
Four Winds stirs up little more than a pleasant breeze.
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