by Bright Eyes
- Record Label: Dead Oceans
- Release Date: Aug 21, 2020
- Summary: The first release for the indie rock trio since 2011 album The People's Key features contributions from Jon Theodore and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea.
- Record Label: Dead Oceans
- Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Protest Songs
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Aug 21, 2020Unlike the singer’s rootsy solo work, Down In The Weeds is rich in what brought many of us to Bright Eyes in the first place: the drama. ... There’s the mature reflection he intertwines with his urgency. There’s his hard-fought optimism. And there’s the embrace of community, the sense that Oberst doesn’t want to stare down these songs alone.
UncutAug 17, 2020Unironically majestic set pieces that offer a ray of hope as this wild ride ends. [Oct 2020, p.28]
Aug 17, 2020The songs on Down in the Weeds reprises the sheen and clarity of Bright Eyes’s later records, like Cassadaga and The People’s Key, and mostly eschews the rawer qualities of their early recordings. But the band also continues to pick up influences and incorporate new sounds into their foundation.
Aug 21, 2020At its heart, Down in the Weeds is a wounded, hopeful take on the Los Angeles midlife-crisis record (he moved there a few years ago). It’s a topic well-suited for Oberst’s abstract cynicism, as he tackles crumbling SoCal interstates, Malibu beach disasters, and, of course, yoga.
Aug 22, 2020A Welcome return from a 10 year Hiatus, Bright Eyes still shines just as bright. Grand scale instrumentals similar to "Cassadaga" with theA Welcome return from a 10 year Hiatus, Bright Eyes still shines just as bright. Grand scale instrumentals similar to "Cassadaga" with the tender and honest songwriting off of Conor's "Ruminations" album create a perfect combination of emotion and explosive power. The album is best experienced in a single sitting and never misses a beat. A message of hope despite loss prevails throughout the album, whether from Conor's allusions to his divorce and brother's death or to the mantra to "dance on through", each word lands with a crushing sense of weight and sadness. complex harmonic inclusions by the Orchestral arrangements by Nate Walcott add depth and colour to the compositions and Mike's production skills and splicing of field recordings brings a unity to all the tracks. a wonderful album for both old fans and new alike. The world yearned for bright eyes in these trying times, and they delivered the goods.… Expand
Aug 21, 2020Bright Eyes has always had an uncanny ability to release records when I needed them most. In 20 years I've never been disappointed. This oneBright Eyes has always had an uncanny ability to release records when I needed them most. In 20 years I've never been disappointed. This one is no exception. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. Beautiful record.… Expand
Sep 14, 20209.6/12
This is a great album and the first I've heard by Bright Eyes. I knew of Oberst through Phoebe Bridgers but found this album through9.6/12
This is a great album and the first I've heard by Bright Eyes. I knew of Oberst through Phoebe Bridgers but found this album through NPR's Listening Party. I gotta say. There's not a dull moment in this album. It's strange, fun, and pleasant. I feel like I'm listening to pop but feel like I'm listening to more at the same time. There's excellent production quality and experimentation that makes the whole album feel like a piece of artwork.
ALBUM ARTWORK: The artwork is gorgeous. I love the red, green, and black that intersects here. It appears to be a painting that creates a sort of optical illusion. It either diverges into the center to create a vanishing point or is a leafy vine with an orb on the end, draped down in the middle. Regardless of what the picture actually is, I adore the visual and wonder it creates for me.… Expand
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