I've never listened to a Bright Eyes album before. This revelation usually comes as a surprise to most of my friends who know my musical tastes. However, for some reason I decided to give Conor Oberst (aka Bright Eyes) a shot. Maybe it was the fact that Conor used his real name for the album, I don't know and it doesn't matter, but what matters is that this album is very good.
Singer/songwriter types are usually hit or miss for me. Bob Dylan for example is my musical hero but artists like Jackson Browne or James Taylor just don't do it for me. I'm a big fan of Ryan Adams (although that is souring), Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Mason Jennings, and Steve Earle, but not Paul Simon or Jack Johnson. It's a fine line with me, but this album has struck that nerve.
Conor Oberst, using his birth name for the first time, gathered a group of musicans he called the Mystic Valley Band and headed down to Mexico to record the album. The album itself has some references to Mexico in it but the music has more a country-rock feel. There are a few melodic slow songs and some raucous bar beauties in this twelve collection. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys good music, because that's what it is. Good music has no catergory or label, it's just good and so is this album. Check it out or reserve your copy today.
"Souled Out" off Conor Oberst's new self titled album: