Full title - Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. Born in 1980 in Omaha and recording since he was 13, Conor Oberst owns a voice that quakes with the tumultuous energy that only youth can prod... more »uce. Slipcase. 2002.« less
Full title - Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground. Born in 1980 in Omaha and recording since he was 13, Conor Oberst owns a voice that quakes with the tumultuous energy that only youth can produce. Slipcase. 2002.
"So Bright Eyes has been a predominant figure in indie rock for years, but a lot of it was due to this album. Lifted starts and ends with a simple point: Hope and Defeat. Every song on this album circles around these ideas as well as continually within songs mentioning the idea of being "Lifted". If for no other reason, buy this album for the last track. Before I heard this, I was a little skeptical of Bright Eyes and this album, but basically the last song on the album, "Let's Not S*** Ourselves" summed up everything that I as a song writer have been trying to say in all of my songs, but somehow he wrote my words, and with perfection. I will warn that sometimes this album takes awhile to grow on some people, so give it a shot, and be patient. Musically this is still Bright Eyes' best album to date. The genres range from indie rock, to folk, to country, and even more of an electronic style of beat from time to time, and somehow they meshed them all together into a brilliant album that demands to be listening to rather loudly from front to back. A true work of art."
Lifted, or the Story Was Daniel Johnston's
Nicholas Inglis | Whitinsville, MA, USA | 01/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lyrically this album is near unparallelled in its blunt honesty. You've got to have a taste for the type of vocalization of Oberst's, a warbly jitter, or you'll instantly dislike the album. The music behind the lyrics ranges from Country (along the lines of bluegrass) to semi-industrial ("Lover I Don't Have To Love"). It has recordings that are pieced together from a lo-fi singalong to brilliant studio quality.
I have to say though, that the most compelling plotline of Bright Eyes' work here, or through their other albums to this one, is that Oberst has captured a page from the semi-obscure musician, Daniel Johnston. Agree or not, you can hear the resonance of Johnston's work, a decade later in the work of Conor Oberst's early works. I'd have to believe that if Johnston hadn't drown in obscurity and mental illness he'd sound a lot like Bright Eyes today.
"Lifted" is, in my opinion, currently, the definitive work of Bright Eyes. This is a great place to start if you are delving into their catalogue."
ms_dilworth | Charlotte, NC United States | 03/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Give this one a few listens and it will stay in the rotation forever...having come late to the Bright Eyes party (after seeing him post-Wilco on Austin City Limits a few months ago) - and ignoring tremendous reviews in Paste, et al - I've got to say that Conor Oberst is outstanding.
Heartfelt is an understatement -- terrific music (even occasional steel guitar) -- lyrics to rival anyone...
I'm Wade Awake still Bright Eyes' best album, but believe me, give this a shot - you won't be disappointed (regardless of your politics).
Anyone with a remote interest in Ryan Adams, Gillian, Wilco, Sufjan needs to give Bright Eyes a try..."
Christina | NY | 05/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought Lifted on vinyl recently and I have to say it must be one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard. Every song just pours warbly emotion and honest yearnings. The lyrics can be cuttingly blunt and oddly abstract, but they hit you where it counts. Conor's voice is an instrument in and of itself; I guess one of my favorite singers can't really sing, but it wavers with the intensity and earnestness you don't often hear from musicians.
Buy this. From start to finish it's endless poetry to music.