Oh Holy Fools
This CD mixes the songs of both bands, starting with the less-known Son, Ambulance (who have a great name). The main problem I have with this record has nothing to do with either band specifically, but that they clash so intensely and you're forced to listen to them one track at a time. Son, Ambulance play a smoother version of the singer/songwriter thing that I find pretty good at times and relatively offensive at others. It seems more like stereotypical singer/songwriter material, which means it seems a bit more worked out than open-mic night, but still a little too faux-personal and demo-esque for a recording. It's decent stuff, but I think the pairing with Bright Eyes may emphasize it's weaknesses. Bright Eyes return with more amazing songs. This is my bid for best band of the last 3 years. Can't really get into the “Early Years" CD, but the rest of it has yet to disappoint me in the least. On these songs the mood is slower and less intense than previous recordings, but the power is still there. Slide guitar, acoustic guitar, tons of other instruments, and a keen knack for recording. Awesome!
Design, Doug Koepsel 4.5stars
one of the most memorable record covers i've seen in a long time. simply a painting of a man riding a horse, waiving a banner of the album title. the well rendered bold colors are also featured on the inside and back paintings. great artist. features a stilt walker. brilliant. like some of the other design reviews here, not much attention paid to the inside and lyrics. however, very legible. thumbs up saddle creek and bands and artist! (DL)