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Fevers and Mirrors

Author: MC
07/03/2000 | | | Album Review
Once every few years, a songwriter climbs out of his basement or stumbles out of his bedroom and releases a record that, at once, changes his life and the lives of everyone who hears it. It happened in 1963 when Bob Dylan released The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. It happened again in 1991 when Kurt Cobain and Nirvana released Nevermind. Hell, it seems to happen every time Blake Schwarzenbach (Jawbreaker, Jets To Brazil) releases anything. Well, brace yourself because it's happening again. Bright Eyes has released their third
full length, Fevers And Mirrors, which will leave you asking, "Who the hell is this kid and where does he get off knowing all of these things about all of us?"

The 20 year-old mastermind behind Bright Eyes, Connor Oberst, writes acoustic guitar-driven songs about mental illness and its effect on people-more specifically: on him. Although in a bogus interview placed near the end of the record, he claims that he doesn't want people feeling bad for him, it's almost unavoidable when you hear his deep, shaky voice singing lines such as, "Don't degrade yourself the way I do because you don't depend upon all the shit that I use to make my moods improve." While the subject matter may, at times, be trite, there is always a frightening sincerity present that not only makes it acceptable, it makes it the album's most impressive trait: his ability to make cliches sound fresh.
Connor Oberst IS an important songwriter, and because writing songs seems to be so important to him, he should be around for a very long time.
Fevers and Mirrors

Fevers and Mirrors

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