Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning To The Story - 2002 Indie Alt Rock - Sealed 12 Trk 12'' EP + CD
Bright Eyes - There Is No Beginning To The Story
Label: Saddle Creek LBJ-45
Format: Vinyl, 12", EP, 33RPM, Reissue
2012 Reissue. Standard weight vinyl pressed at RTI. Jackets printed at Stoughton.
Includes 11.5" x 11.5" full color one-sided lyric insert, plus full EP on CD.
The CD included with this 12" is different from the standard CD EP, as it includes the two vinyl-only bonus tracks "Amy in the White Coat" and "Out on the Weekend". It also lists the untitled track at the end of side 1, as track 5 "Untitled".
Released: 01 May 2012
Originally Recorded: 2002
Style: Country Rock, Indie Rock
A1 From A Balance Beam 3:41
A2 Messenger Bird's Song 5:30
A3 We Are Free Men 4:35
A4 Loose Leaves 3:43
A5 Untitled 1:41
B1 Amy In The White Coat 5:38
B2 Out On The Weekend
Written-By Neil Young 4:11
1 From A Balance Beam 3:41
2 Messenger Bird's Song 5:30
3 We Are Free Men 4:35
4 Loose Leaves 3:43
5 Untitled 1:41
6 Amy In The White Coat 5:28
7 Out On The Weekend
Written-By Neil Young 4:11
Recorded At Presto! Recording Studios
Mastered At Studio B
Arranged By [Horns] Andy Lemaster, Conor Oberst, Todd Baechle
Artwork By [Diorama] Zack Nipper
Artwork By [Layout] Matt Maginn, Zack Nipper
Banjo, Bells, Dulcimer [Hammer], Glockenspiel, Guitar [Dobro], Mandolin, Vibraphone Mike Mogis
Bass Casey Scott, Matt Maginn
Bassoon Margret Fish
Drums Clark Baechle, Clay Leverett, Clint Schnase, Matt Focht, Mike Sweeney
Flute Jiha Lee
Guitar [Electric] Andy Lemaster, Mike Mogis
Guitar, Electric Piano [Rhodes] Conor Oberst
Mastered By Doug Van Sloun
Mixed By Mike Mogis (tracks: A1 to B1)
Organ Stefanie Drootin
Other [Good Advice] Simon Joyner
Percussion Casey Scott, Roslyn Maginn
Percussion [Pylons] Matt Maginn
Piano Conor Oberst, Kriss Brooks, Maria Talyor
Recorded By Andy Lemaster (tracks: A1 to B1), Mike Mogis (tracks: A1 to B1)
Trombone Jason Flatowicz
Trumpet Orenda Fink
Voice Andy Lemaster, Clay Leverett, Conor Oberst, Jiha Lee, Maria Talyor, Orenda Fink, Simon Joyner, Todd Baechle
Tracks A1 through B1 recorded in December 2001 and January 2002. Track B2 recorded live.
Wow. It seems like Conor Oberst is finally maturing. While he produced some amazing songs while he was younger (he started writing songs at 13), my problem with them was that sometimes he was a bit too whiney-sounding. Conor is in his '20s now, and the "whineyness" is gone. Conor also used to lay the symbolism on a bit too thick. He has toned that down now to the perfect level.
I have a very serious problem with this album, however. There are only 4 songs. I want more. Each song is a masterpiece. I have over 3000 mp3s on my computer, I have listened to probably tens of thousands of songs in my lifetime. These 4 songs are all in my top 50 of best songs in any genre.
"Loose Leaves" is the best song I have ever heard. Both the lyrics and the melody is creative, original, and imaginative. The song is very polished, yet somehow escapes feeling artificial like mass-produced teeny-bopper music.
Where "Loose Leaves" involved too many instruments and sounds to keep track of, "Messenger Bird Song" is an acoustic, simple, and beautiful tale of love.
starting with "from a balance beam"... immedaite wish-fullfillment. it was exactly what i wanted to hear. i love that song. it's got the shimmer of the sub-pop single, tempered by a more organic feel. very foward-thinking and singular and imaginitive and the lyrics are just wonderful (at least for the first half).
then the messanger bird song. it's very nicely produced. you can tell that banjo sounds EXACTLY how they wanted it to sound. lonely and sad. the song is just a bit bland though. a little blockheaded. still good though.
The other songs are great too. I won't describe them because people interpret Bright Eyes songs in so many different ways.
Who would love Bright Eyes? Romantic philosopher existentialists. Disenchanted nihilists. Manic depressives. Youth in the midst of a complete identity crises.
|Format||EP , 12"|
|Label||Saddle Creek Records|