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Read Music / Speak Spanish

Author: Kevin Hoskins
01/29/2003 | Rockist | | Album Review
BEST OF 2002

7. Desaparecidos Read Music/Speak Spanish - Conor from Bright Eyes puts down the acoustic and picks up
the electric and damn, I'm so proud of him. These songs have meaning and depth, and yes, they actually

Desaparecidos is the new band fronted by Conor Oberst, who has gotten much acclaim for his introspective
pop songs as Bright Eyes. But back before Bright Eyes, Oberst was a rocker, fronting Commander Venus
who released one terrific rock record on the fledgling Saddle Creek Records (then called Lumberjack

Desaparecidos defy all expectations by making a record that rocks, yet actually has the chutzpah to say
something significant about modern society. With some of the most intelligent lyrics around,
Desaparecidos tackle the problems of being a "good provider," of not being a sheep, urbanization,
consumerism, over-zealous patriotism, and the corruption of American liberty. Sound like heady stuff?
Somehow Oberst and his pals have found a way to make these songs palatable by wrapping the statements
up in guitar and synthesizer-driven rock that recalls At the Drive In, Archers of Loaf, Lifter Puller, and
even fellow Nebraskans Cursive. These songs are also saved from the crime of being "preachy" by Oberst's
wit, sarcastic at times, but overwhelmingly optimistic. The songs are so well written that they are
absolutely compelling


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