A Collection of Songs Written and...
When I first head Conor, he was in a band called Commander Venus from Omaha. A friend from Iowa had mailed a tape on which a very waery voice cried, “The bitch, she lies to me" repeatedly.
“He's like fourteen," my friend said. “He sounds like a dying smurf."
Nonetheless, I was completely taken with Oberst's wrenchingly emotional songs. He would scream with such out-of-key agony that the only way to react was a combination uncomfortable grin and shrug. He really gets into it and that is so rare in this inhibited electronic music era that it takes a little getting used to. Yet once ya do, your realize it's all right. It's not about sounding good, it's about something real.
Listening to A Collection of Songs is not unlike listening to your friends messing around of guitars and bongo drums in someone's messy living room. It's personal, laid-back and about being in the moment. Everyone may be tired and/or under the influence, but the talent still shows. If your faith in new and independant music needs to be reviewed, Bright Eyes is the smelling salt.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3