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Lifted or The Story is in the Soil....

Author: Dave Powers
01/20/2003 | 3wk | www.3wk.com | Album Review
Top 20 Albums of 2002

2. Bright Eyes/Lifted or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (Saddle Creek)
The third proper studio album from Bright Eyes (aka singer-songwriter Conor Oberst) is a sprawling masterpiece. Armed with his blunt, literary style and jagged, irregular vocals, he ventures into an unthinkable range of genres: hard-thumping rock fit for an arena, Dylan-esque folk rants (acoustic and electric), quaint meditations, country ballads, an orchestrated waltz, and a brooding, electronic stomper. It's all very difficult to digest at first (and skipping track one will help), but after a few listens, the brilliance starts to sink in. Oberst pulls off everything thing he attempts, even aggressive indie-rock (see Album #19 Desaparecidos Read Music/Speak Spanish). He had a heck of a year.


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