On Feb. 15th Bright Eyes will release their new and probably last album. I’m looking forward to this a lot. You can pre-order it now on the Saddle Creek Website. And if you do, you will already receive a download link on Feb. 1st.
Ha ! So who is going to pre-order it today ??? I do !
On Saddle Creek there already is the first track you can downlaod from the new album. Shell Games. Lyrical I think it’s beautiful. Musically it sounds a bit different. But of course it does. The first Bright Eyes LP “Letting of the happiness” was released in 1998. Now it’s 12 years later. Wouldn’t it be worse if Conor Oberst still made the same music he did when he was 18?
But anyway… I really like the self-reflection in Shell Games:
“Took the fireworks and the vanity
The circuit board and the city streets
Shooting star, swaying palm tree”
I think fireworks refers to “Letting of the Happiness”, vanity to “Fevers and Mirrors”, circuit board to “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn”, city streets could be refering to “I’m wide awake it’s morning” and the shooting star and the swaying palm trees obviously to “Cassadaga”. And now on “The People’s Key” it’s time to let this all behind and to finally grow up..Let’s see if “The People’s Key” can manage it.
“I was dressed in white, touched by something pure
Death obsessed, like a teenager
Sold my tortured youth, pissed in vinegar
I'm still angry with no reason to be”
I know that I am going to like the new album, but am I going to love it? When I felt in love with Bright Eyes 5 years ago, I felt in love with the accoustic music, the personal “death obsessed” lyrics, the breakable voice...I still remember what my first song was..It was “Messenger Bird's Song”.
And then “Cassadaga” came..a very different album. So how is “The People’s Key” going to be? On Feb. 1st I will know ! and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it.
--> Here you can download "Shell Games" and pre-order the album.