Tuesday, February 07, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bright Eyes

Artist:Bright Eyes
Song:Lover I Don't Have To Love
Album:Lifted or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground

Though he has several bands, Bright Eyes is probably the best known musical outlet of singer songwriter Conor Oberst. He has several other bands. Bright Eyes started as a solo project after his band Commander Venus split up in 1995. Eventually he brought in guitarist Mike Mogis and trumpeter Nate Walcott as permanent members and he hires other musicians for tours. He records on his brother's label Saddle Creek. Oberst was working on a bunch of songs while playing in other bands. A lot of the music was experimenting with drum machines and other electronic instruments along with Oberst's vocals. As a singer, he will likely remind you of Robert Smith of The Cure. I think Oberst has toned down the angst in recent years. The first couple of Bright Eyes albums gor mixed reviews so Oberst formed another band called Desaparecidos. They recorded one album that was straightforward punk and then split up. He turned his attention to Bright Eyes and the CD Lifted was released in 2002. It was hailed as one of the best Indie albums of the year and they toured to support it. Oberst has continued to record and tour with Bright Eyes while also recording and touring with his Mystic Valley Band and Monsters Of Folk. Lifted is available as a budget CD. After Oberst released the CD The People's Key last year, he said he planned to retire the Bright Eyes name and move on to other things. We'll see if he actually does that. Here's Bright Eyes performing Lover I Don't Have To Love 2006.

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