Listening to this album, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you this guy is in the band Bright Eyes. This album sounded more like Futurebirds to me, in that it’s more of a country/folk alternative that I rarely hear nowadays. Don’t let the use of violins and harmonicas scare you off though, this album is enjoyable whether you are a country fan or not. This can be seen in “Gossamer Thin.” The instruments and lyrics bounce off each other so much in this song, that it impossible not to think of some kind of old coreographed slow dance. “Counts every skirt in his new entourage/ And they’re all gossamer thin/ Left of the dial, bohemians/ And they dance tournament style/ Twirl ’round the room, curtsey and smile/ And they sit at his feet, sipping their tea/ Swoon with each word he speaks.”
Another example from the other end of the spectrum is “Napalm”. The upbeat sound and focus on the drums allow the fiddle to slide seamlessly in and out of he song. “It’s a quixotic quest on a hot summer’s night/ I got a fistful of fireworks/ I’m gonna try and set things right/ I lost my inhibition/ I think I may have lost my wallet too.” Basically, this album isn’t anything new or exciting, and it’s not trying to be. It seems like Oberst is just trying to mess around have fun, which in my opinion is the main point of music, anyways. If you’re a country fan trying to get into more alternative or vice versa, this would be a good album to listen to, but overall I enjoy Oberst’s work in Bright Eyes more.
By: Monica Brich