US - Nebraska - Full Moon 52 - 01/09/01
Fevers And Mirrors
OK, the name gets your mind drifted towards the curly haired guy standing next to
Paul Simon in the mid-to late sixties, and the cover of this album is not too far from
Uriah Heep's classic mid-seventies album Look At Yourself (just kidding) but this
is something completely different, that's for sure.
Conor Oberst is the man behind Bright Eyes and this is his third full-lenght release,
his first recorded in a "real" studio. This is my first visit to his world, and quite an
interesting visit it is (and I know this short review is at least 6 months late). His songs
is often based around simple song structures played on acoustic guitar, but most of the songs
have been enhanced further by a host of contributing musicians including members of Lullaby
For The Working Class, Drip and Of Montreal to name a few.
The atmosphere of this 12-song album is intense which is emphasized by Oberst's strong
sandpaper-gutsy voice not a million miles from that guy eh... Guy Kyser of Thin White Rope.
Favourite tracks include The Calendar Hung Itself, Sunrise - Sunset, and An
Attempt To Tip The Scales.
If you, like myself, are looking forward to the next Neutral Milk Hotel album, I highly
recommend to check out this release in the meantime.
Distribution in Norway: Tuba!
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