The People's Key
8/5/11 | Chicago Tribune | www.chicagotribune.com | Live Show Preview
Is this farewell? Conor Oberst has stated that this current tour is the last go-around of Bright Eyes, and his band's conservative choices suggest the rumors are true. Well-rehearsed albeit content to stick to the arrangements, Bright Eyes opt for a solid, uneventful set steeped in recent material and what can be considered greatest hits. Oberst's wordy narratives no longer sound so dense, and the addition of a trumpet and pedal-steel brings welcome levity. Still, Oberst adores grand statements and front-stoop philosophizing. Broken dreams, fears of death and complicated boy-girl communication dominate the heavy subjects.