Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground Image

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  • Summary: Prolific 22-year-old Nebraska singer-songwriter Connor Oberst returns to his Bright Eyes guise for this 13-track effort, following a stint fronting the band Desaparecidos.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. A maddeningly ambitious album, Lifted fits into the pantheon of the great concept records of the past few years, joining the likes of The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, and Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.
  2. Oberst's fourth full-length is a bleak, bipolar journey through his emotionally charged mind, with melodramatic midnight ballads, dusty piano, and the occasional sexy violin.
  3. 80
    The Ritalin generation may have found its Bob Dylan. [#9, p.143]
  4. Love it or hate it, the precious, nasal vibrato Oberst affects is the tie that binds all these varied tunes together in the end, and in most cases, it compliments the music admirably.
  5. While it's sometimes a rambling mess, The Story Is In The Soil... sounds like one of those releases that was both cathartic and damn fun to put together.
  6. 70
    Spewing more words per inch than an IRS vault, the effect is like primal scream therapy set to incidental music. [Oct 2002, p.101]
  7. There are times on this record, though, when the quaver fades for a few notes and [Oberst's] voice drops out of hysterical high range, and it's actually pleasant to listen to -- but that never lasts, and that's a shame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 3 out of 46
  1. Nov 6, 2011
    So many awesome memorable songs are contained within, I have listened to these songs countless times over the years and their meaning has only deepened over time. False Advertising, You Will? You Will ?, Lover I Don't Have to Love, Nothing Gets Crossed Out and From a Balance Beam are great songs because they are deep, original and moving to people who spend time in reflection. Expand
  2. Mar 2, 2011
    I could relate to this album. It's such a great album. The lyrics are poetry and Conor Oberst's voice mends so well together singing it. It's a powerful, emotional punch of a record. All In All, a beautiful record that I recommend. B+ Expand

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