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Bright (With Tears) Eyes

by Caitlin McGuire (writer), Orange County, October 26, 2006


After a hiatus of a year (a lifetime for the avid Connor Oberst fan) Bright Eyes released his newest CD, "Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005)." After seven years of evolution from indie prodigy to jaded indie artist, “Noise Floor” is a veritable scrapbook of Oberst’s touring and studio work to date. His transformation is remarkable and tangible on the EP; the previously self-conscious school boy breaks from his cocoon to show the world his new true colors.

There is no truly bad song on “Noise Floor” – just good and better, all from different eras of Bright Eyes’ development. “I Will Be Grateful for This Day” has the electronic twang that made “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn” popular, while “Drunk Kid Catholic” sounds like earlier “Fevers and Mirrors” material. His cover of “Devil Town” is strangely compelling. The song that demonstrates Oberst’s growth as an artist best is “I’ve Been Eating (For You).” “I’ve Been Eating” is a mature view of his career and art, and exhibits the depth and texture of his music that has allowed Bright Eyes to become one of America’s great songwriters.

Despite being a thoroughly solid album, “Noise Floor” is not a necessary addition to a casual listener’s Bright Eyes collection. Many of the songs have been released in other CDs, or in other formats. However, the truly dedicated fan should definitely buy the album; with its rough edges and heartfelt poetry, “Noise Floor” is canonically Bright Eyes.

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Caitlin McGuire is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Dyan Sigler on October 27, 2006 at 04:05 pm
You are superb.
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