Bright Eyes Letting Off the Happiness

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Format:  Vinyl LP
item number:  7W2Q5
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Vinyl LP Details

  • Released: July 15, 2022
  • Originally Released: 2022
  • Label: Dead Oceans

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 6/01, pp.101-2
3 stars out of 5 - "...10 tracks of edgy, semi-acoustic uneasy listening....beguiling as they are compelling..."

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst) (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums); Andy Lemaster (vocals, bass, percussion); Neely Jenkins (vocals); Mike Fogis (guitar, pedal steel, piano, keyboards, air organ, melodica); Matt Maginn, Aaron Druery (bass); Jeremy Barnes (drums, percussion); Matt Fotch, Ted Stevens (drums), Kevin Barnes (background vocals).
The second full-length release from Omaha wunderkind Conor Oberst is a fascinating coming of age for a singer/songwriter whose respectability is chiseled in stone through his musical abilities. This ten-track outing is a lo-fi bonanza of heartfelt tunes that features musical contributions from members of such critically acclaimed groups as Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and Lullaby for the Working Class. Special guests aside, it is Oberst's acoustic guitar and wavering emotional vocals that turn songs like the opening "If Winter Ends" into fragile masterpieces. There are also full-on rock numbers like "The City Has Sex" that help to push the envelope, and others like the Dylan-esque "June on the West Coast" that showcase the one-man band aspect of Bright Eyes. Letting Off the Happiness is a powerful record that manages to stay believable in light of the tortured emotions it tries to convey. It was recorded before Oberst was even out of his teens, but he shows the maturity of a songwriter who has seen it all, and for that he deserves respect and maybe a bit of incredulous inspection. This is a powerful record that has the ability to reach inside and identify with the listener, and while Bright Eyes went on to release some better-sounding and slightly more mature records, this one has the raw power to make people really stand up and notice. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo

Product Info

  • UPC: 656605158211
  • Shipping Weight: 0.56/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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