Bright Eyes – Four Winds EP

This blog is a fan of Bright Eyes. This blog doesn’t care what you say, because if you talk bad about Conor, it means you’re just jealous. Go kick a puppy or something, haters! That said, I’m going to say a couple semi-mean things but end on a high note. Yep.

The Four Winds EP is interesting. It’s not exactly what I would have expected from the experimental, raw author of “Lifted.” It’s a lot more country than rock (which could be bad for some folks, but not for me). It’s a lot more polished and put-together than “Lifted,” which is basically the bar that Conor has to raise, in my opinion. I liked “I’m Wide Awake,” and I liked it a lot, but “Lifted” blew my head off. “Four Winds,” eh. The passion is there but the songs are not his best; it may be even the fault of the countryesque music, because country can be very slow if you don’t know how to jab your spurs in. (Heh.)

I am also not a huge fan of two Bright Eyes staples: one, the semi-veiled political commentary (yawn), and two, the conceit of setting up two opposites. He does it too often on Four Winds, and sometimes it works (from “Tourist Trap,” Or on the way to Cassadega to commune with the dead / (they said, “You better look alive”)) — and most of the time it’s just annoying (from “Cartoon Blues,” Why do I envy the ending right from the start? / Just get it together to take it apart.) It starts to blur together like a Nora Roberts romance novel cover — “Genuine Lies” or “Brazen Virtue.” Yes, yes, we get it.

That said, I’m looking forward to “Cassadega”! The beautiful, seductive “We Are Nowhere and It’s Now” came up on my ipod today and I remembered how it felt to hear, for the first time, a song that grabs your heart and squeezes till you can’t breathe.

Bright Eyes – Site at Saddle Creek | Myspace

Bright Eyes – Tourist Trap (from Saddle Creek site)

Bright Eyes – Cartoon Blues

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  1. Icka’s avatar

    You know I like I bright eyes. The main thing that annoys me about Connor Oberst though is that sometimes he seems to get caught up is his own cleverness. He seems to think of something he thinks is really clever and then makes sure he uses it in a way that makes sure everyone sees how clever he is. I think that’s called pretentious. That’s why he does the opposites thing.

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