Lifted or The Story is in the Soil....
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.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / Deluxe LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3