Bright Eyes, Listen First: ‘The People’s Key’

I won’t mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made. In fact, it’s the best record the band’s frontman, Conor Oberst, has ever been a part of. Publicists like to say as much any time an artist releases a new album, but in this case, it’s actually true. The People’s Key is a career-defining work of art.

But this isn’t an overly affected art-rock album that takes itself too seriously. And The People’s Key is Bright Eyes’ most infectious record to date, with captivating melodies and rhythms.

After devoting a few years to more conventional folk- and country-flavored songs, it’s nice to see Oberst return to more adventurous songwriting. As Denny Brewer says on the record, “Syllables are frequencies,” and The People’s Key is full of the finest frequencies you’ll likely hear this year.

The People’s Key will stream here in its entirety until its release on Feb. 15. Please leave your thoughts on the album in the comments section below. Text from NPR.ORG (read more)

Listen Here: NPR.ORG/first-listen-bright-eyes-the-peoples-key

~ by castleqwayr on January 31, 2011.

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