One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels
In practice, Bright Eyes and Neva Dinova pretty much took the same tack. Both bands specialized in a fragile, unassuming persona, a solitary sound that emphasized a low gaze ambiance that borrowed heavily from both Buckleys -- Tim and Jeff -- as well as Elliot Smith, Leonard Cohen, and on moments of special inspiration, Bob Dylan. And yet, despite the brooding vocals and wistful pacing, the solemn vulnerability creates a visceral impact that resonates emphatically. The loping "I Know You" and "Tripped" are especially noteworthy -- the former an Oberst addition, the latter, an original entry from Neva Dinova - and all the more remarkable for the way they segue so perfectly together. Likewise, the latter's fragile "Poison" and Bright Eyes' "I'll Be Your Friend" create a brittle couplet that boasts an unassuming charm.
That meditative pulse remains consistent throughout. Indeed, One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels serves up a most intoxicating brew.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3