Cassadaga - Bright Eyes
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  • Summary: Conor Oberst & co. branch out into country and orchestral pop on their latest 13-track set, which finds them joined by guests Gillian Welch, Janet Weiss, and M. Ward.
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The music doesn't always live up to the demands of the journey, but Oberst's trembling, vulnerable voice carries through to a rewarding conclusion.
  2. Musically, it's his richest album yet, full of Nashville twang and Branson brassiness. And lyrically, the itinerant-traveler conceit is intriguing, even though its sweeping scope lacks the almost masochistically intimate power of earlier material.
  3. One hopes that the next LP will pack a little less filler, and Bright Eyes will drop a 40-minute work as tight as their best four-minute works.
  4. 80
    Cassadaga is fulsome, epic, and swirling, by far Oberst's most sophisticated, seamless effort. [May 2007, p.89]
  5. Cassadaga, while not exceptional in Oberst's canon, demonstrates a maturity that ensures his legacy beyond emo-folk.
  6. "Cassadaga" is an insular, self-referential album that strives for depth and profundity and sounds instead like a high-school poetry reading, full of rhyming-dictionary couplets and banal pronouncements about life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 62
  2. Negative: 6 out of 62
  1. darrylf
    Jul 28, 2007
    10
    best album of this year so far
  2. stans
    Apr 2, 2007
    10
    Their best yet!
  3. jeremyc
    Apr 14, 2007
    10
    been a fan for a long time and this one puts an old sound to a younger band...the words are why people listen to bright eyes...he is a genius when it comes to words..he speaks for the youth and speaks for people with out the voice to say anything Expand
  4. NChandler
    Apr 11, 2007
    8
    The Stylus magazine review of this album is a perfect example of why most people should not be allowed to review and critique music. Just because an artist presents a portrait or a certain image or idea through his or her art does not mean that the artist is somehow deluding him or herself. It does not mean the artist demands that others adopt his or her point of view. All it means is that the artist is creating art. And when you look at this album that way, it's really quite good. Expand
  5. jw
    Jul 20, 2007
    8
    (8.5) Coat Check Dream Song, I Must Belong Somewhere, Four Winds, and Hot Knives are the highlights. I bought the Four Winds single first, and I think in some ways that collection is stronger (overall) than what he left on the full album. Cartoon Blues and Reinvent The Wheel are especially good, I think. Take the six songs from that single, add Coat Check, Must Belong, Knives, and maybe Soul Singer... and you've got something REALLY special. With the lineup as is, Cassadaga is still a solid 8 or 9. Expand
  6. KennyM
    Apr 13, 2007
    6
    totally unable to follow up "i'm wide awake it's morning." this album is a clumsy, over-produced step in the wrong direction. his albums, however, do usually take a while to grow on me...so i'm not completely sure of this album's inadequacy yet, but my gut feeling tells me something is wrong. i had such high expectations, especially after hearing "four winds," which is a great song, but my expectations were not met (at least not upon first impression). I will keep hope, though, that this album will grow on me, and hopefully seeing conor live next weekend will give me some insight into the music of cassadaga. Expand
  7. JohnF
    Mar 29, 2007
    1
    extremley poor

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