Tuesday, October 20, 2009

28. Bright Eyes - Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (2000)

Bright Eyes is one of those bands that I can only take in small doses, for the most part. Conor Oberst's quavering voice can get a little annoying at times (especially in his younger days), and his lyrics were mostly like reading out of a teenager's diary. In some cases, however, everything came together and Oberst was able to make a truly great song. This song starts out just like any other Bright Eyes song, with just Conor's voice emoting away in front of a lone acoustic guitar....but then all of a sudden a steel guitar kicks in and everything is great. After another quiet close-up section, the steel guitar kicks in again, and his singing becomes more passionate. This song hints at Bright Eyes' album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning which was basically a full-fledged alt-country album, and easily Oberst's greatest album to date.

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