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Cassadaga

05/01/2007 | Salt Lake Tribune | www.sltrib.com | Live Show Preview
Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst took the stage in shoulder-length hair and a white suit that made him look like Gram Parsons - a fitting comparison for a young singer-songwriter whose fine new Bright Eyes record, "Cassadaga," mixes country-tinged ballads with art-pop flourishes. The band then proceeded to play almost all of "Cassadaga" while largely ignoring its earlier records. Sunday's show was heavy on theatrics, from the musicians' matching white outfits to the floral bouquets onstage to the video-art projections created live during each song by a guy at the mixing board. Oberst and his bandmates augmented their sound with a six-piece string section, allowing them to replicate the sonic studio textures of such tracks as the lush "Make a Plan to Love Me" and the rollicking "Four Winds." But the show was hobbled by a sound mix that distorted Oberst's vocals and the singer's own aloofness: He barely spoke during the hourlong set, did not introduce the band, played guitar with his back to the audience and fled the stage abruptly after one encore.
Cassadaga

Cassadaga

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