Lua/Take It Easy





Bright Eyes is everywhere nowadays. I remember about five years ago when I was a Music Director at my old college radio station and I got my first taste of Bright Eyes. Granted Conor Oberst had been around making music for a while with another band, I thought his new quest was beautiful. What made it so beautiful was Oberst's use of lyrics mixed with the simplicity of his guitar. Fast forward to 2004 and Conor has brought us his latest works, two EPs that capture the essence of two different worlds. Yes, these are the same EPs that contain the singles that graced the top of Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart. If you had to start with one song on these two EPs make sure it is "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)". This gem is upbeat and at times the music is like The Postal Service with lyrics similar to Jarvis Cocker's. ("Took off your clothes/Left on the light." "Stood there so brave/Used to be so shy.") On the other side of the spectrum is "Lua", much more melancholy and what I think of when someone says the name Bright Eyes. There are even more personalities that expose themselves with tracks like the experimental "Cremation", and "Well Whiskey" that could have been an Old 97's b-side. If you have not heard these EPs then do yourself a favor and check them out. It is so nice to hear the many sides of Bright Eyes, holding us over until the two new full lengths and tour next year.

Bright Eyes
Saddle Creek

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Lua/Take It Easy