Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

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Bright Eyes
Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

[ Saddle Creek Records / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 22 October 2002

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Oberst's incredible ability to tell stories with his songs and paint intricate pictures with his words is reminiscent, without being derivative, of mid-period Dylan. And his gift for composing and delivering those songs is pure poetry.

Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, born 1980 in Omaha and recording since he was 13, owns a voice that quakes with the tumultuous energy that only youth can produce.

Oberst's incredible ability to tell stories with his songs and paint intricate pictures with his words is reminiscent, without being derivative, of mid-period Dylan. And his gift for composing and delivering those songs is pure poetry.

As the mastermind behind the acclaimed Bright Eyes collective, Oberst's genius is found in a pretence-free, orchestral approach to songwriting. His most recent, most musically vigorous and rockin' project, Desaparecidos (album out soon), toured the US and released Read Music / Speak Spanish to enormous amounts of critical acclaim. Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground is the latest, most significant release from Oberst and the notable cast of Bright Eyes players.

Oberst's mainstay production team of Mike Mogis and Andy Lemaster (Now It's Overhead) lend performances on the record along with other noteworthy Omaha musicians including Todd and Clark Baechle (The Faint), Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor (Azure Ray), Matt Maginn and Clint Schnase (Cursive), and Jiha Lee (The Good Life).

Discover for yourself Conor's amazing talent at combining well-crafted lyrics with haunting music and melodies to produce songs that are manic, depressing, honest, and inspiring. Bright Eyes is an ever-changing entity. It's only constant is singer/songwriter Conor Oberst whose lyrical and musical ability continue to amaze us.

Tracks:

1. The Big Picture
2. Method Acting
3. False Advertising
4. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will
5. Lover I Don't Have to Love
6. Bowl of Oranges
7. Don't Know When But a Day is Gonna Come
8. Nothing Gets Crossed Out
9. Make War
10. Waste of Paint
11. From a Balance Beam
12. Laura Laurent
13. Let's Not Shit Ourselves (to Love and Be Loved)