Oh Holy Fools
02/07/2001 | San Francisco Bay Gaurdian | Album Review
Few things are as bone-chillingly bleak as a Bright Eyes song, yet those very things - the dead of a Nebraskan winter, a suicidal soul's day-to-day survival - are the inspirations for the band's heartrending somnambulist-rock songs. It's unsurprising, then, that Bright Eyes' four contributions to Oh Holy Fools - an emotionally exhausted split CD with Son, Ambulance - are depressed and downtrodden, illustrating the desperately beautiful lengths to which Bright Eyes will go to find reasons to live and love. Less noteworthy, however, is Son, Ambulance, whose mediocre bedroom troubadour tracks are unwelcome interruptions. Still, while not successfully matching two artistically equal artists, Oh Holy Fools nonetheless provides a handful of necessary songs by one of indie rock's brightest hopes.