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The People's Key

Author: Martin Bandyke
1/30/11 | Detroit Free Press | www.freep.com
Bright Eyes explores science fiction themes and other trippy topics on "The People's Key" ( * * * out of four stars, out Feb. 15 on Saddle Creek), the accompanying music more alternative-rock than the alt-country leanings of much of the group's previous work. Led as always by Conor Oberst -- whose tremulous, sensitive vocals belie the strong feelings and opinions heard in his lyrics -- Bright Eyes favors explosive, Pixies-style dynamics on their first album since 2007's "Cassadega." Standout tracks "Jejeune Stars," "Haile Selassie" and "Triple Spiral" are separated by spacey, bizarre monologues by Denny Brewer, a friend of Bright Eyes who plays in the band Refried Ice Cream. These interludes are good for no more than a single listen, unless you are on the same cosmic wavelength as he is. (Bright Eyes performs at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on March 14.)
The People's Key

The People's Key

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