The People's Key
Author: Adam Tod Brown
2/15/11 | Thesmokingjacket.com | www.thesmokingjacket.com/entertainment/new-album-reviews-3 | Record Review
It's been a long time since the world last heard from Bright Eyes? sort of. After the triumph of 2005's simultaneously released I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, the band hit a bump in the road with 2007's underwhelming Cassadaga. Since then, front man Conor Oberst has released a couple of "solo" albums and released his one of his best songs ever ("Man Named Truth") as part of the aptly-named folk rock super group Monsters of Folk.But now, Bright Eyes is back in business, and the time off has served them well. The People's Key plays like all of the finer points of the last three albums combined to make one nearly perfect album. It's not just the best Bright Eyes album in recent memory, it's one of the band's best ever. The spoken word interludes are a bit distracting and awfully difficult to take seriously, but other than that, The People's Key is a winner.