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Bright Eyes

Although many musicians joined the band's rotating lineup, Bright Eyes was primarily the songwriting vehicle of Conor Oberst, a quivery-voiced Nebraska native who first attracted attention in 1994 -- when he was only 14 years old -- as the singer and guitarist for Commander Venus. Oberst proved to be a prolific musician, joining multiple bands (including Commander Venus, the Magentas, Park Ave., and Desaparecidos) while also co-founding Saddle Creek, an influential label that helped broadcast "the Omaha Sound" to a national audience. Nonetheless, he devoted most of his time to Bright Eyes, whose albums encompassed everything from folk to indie rock to electronica. Oberst eventually shifted his focus to the Mystic Valley Band in 2008, fueling rumors that he'd shelved the Bright Eyes project after ten years of activity.

Oberst had barely entered high school when he formed Commander Venus. Nonetheless, the teenager was a quick songwriter, and he soon amassed a number of songs that didn't gel with the rest of Commander Venus' catalog, 20 of which were compiled and released in 1998 as A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997, a solo record that doubled as Oberst's first release under the Bright Eyes moniker. Letting Off the Happiness followed several months later, featuring contributions from members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and Tilly and the Wall. The album also marked the first collaboration between Oberst and producer/instrumentalist Mike Mogis, who would play an integral role in Bright Eyes' success going forward.

As Conor Oberst graduated from teenaged life to adulthood, his productivity increased. Bright Eyes' third release, Every Day and Every Night, appeared in 1999, followed by Fevers and Mirrors in 2000 and Oh Holy Fools in 2001. The Bright Eyes sound had expanded by this point, with Oberst finding room for flute, piano, and accordion in the band's music. The frontman also found room to pursue alternate projects, and he dedicated some time to Desaparecidos before returning to the studio with Mike Mogis in 2002. Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground was released that summer and proved to be Bright Eyes' breakthrough album, with Rolling Stone deeming it one of the year's best.

Bright Eyes released several EPs in 2004 -- including Home, Vol. 4, a collaboration with Spoon's Britt Daniel -- and rang in the following year with a pair of albums released on the same day: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning (whose accompanying tour produced the Motion Sickness: Live Recordings disc) and the electronic-slanted Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, both of which cracked the Top 20 in America. Hailed by some critics as the next Dylan, Oberst supported the releases with a round of festival appearances and international shows before returning to the studio once more. Recorded in L.A., Chicago, New York, Omaha, and Portland, the follow-up effort Cassadaga was released in the spring of 2007, preceded by the Four Winds EP earlier that spring. Both releases featured full instrumentation -- including pedal steel, Dobro, xylophone, and orchestral swells -- making them some of Bright Eyes' most developed works to date.

Cassadaga debuted at number four in America and number 13 in the U.K., marking Bright Eyes' highest peak on either chart. Even so, Oberst followed such success by decamping to rural Mexico to work on his first solo effort in years. Recorded in a makeshift studio with a cast of musicians dubbed the Mystic Valley Band, Conor Oberst arrived in 2008. The project soon evolved from a solo effort into a full-band affair, and the Mystic Valley Band returned in 2009 with Outer South, an album that included songs written and sung by several of Oberst's bandmates. Bright Eyes returned in 2011 with People's Key, which was recorded in Omaha and produced by Mogis and Andy LeMaster. In 2013, A Christmas Album, which had originally been quietly issued in 2002 as a Saddle Creek online store exclusive, was finally scheduled for its first full commercial release. This unique holiday album featured a selection of Christmas standards performed in Bright Eyes' trademark bittersweet style, with help from a plethora of other Saddle Creek artists including members of Cursive, Desaparecidos, Neva Dinova, and Azure Ray. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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Comments

Heard I'm wide awake and it's morning 8 years ago.. Ish. And ever since then I've developed a huge respect for Oberst and I contribute his music to the fact I went from having severe anxiety to none at all.
I love First Day Of My Life so much.
This band deserves less hate and more recognition.
yeeaaaaaaaah
angsant64
Jackass
A butt monkey? Are you like 4 years old? Smdh
It's f**king pathetic that people who claim to hate this band go out of thier way to post negative comments, get a job faggots!
This song is really well written. Good song. Its really one of those that stay with u..
wtf does that mean dude?
this song reminds me of a butt monkey
Evalovr i highly disagree i hear the influence but to say its cookie cutter is WAY wrong. He sounds nothing like adam. Ill give c.c. their due but to compare bright eyes to them is blasphemous.
I walked down the isle at my. Wedding to an instrumental version of Marilyn mansions evidence :)
loubro2006
"Jejune stars"is an awesome song and can't believe they're still on hiatus. Come back already!!!
I absolutely love first day of my life! Bright eyes is so good!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.. When done press 16 And your lover's name will come on the screen In big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
The true Jeric christo say's connor oberst and the band know as bright eyes is my favorite artist, even after all the crazy. Thanx Conor and the band Bright Eyes. Wish the War was through!
And u spelt f**got wrong
Biggrant, you get nowhere by hating on people, this guy has been through a lot, so, I mean, come on... Hes the one of the best examples of artists you can find now a days.
Amazing~
Conor is a complete fagget, he just writes the same god damn sob story in every gay song, so gay f**k hate em
landeoglesby
WENT AND SAW BRIGHT EYES LAST NIGHT AND A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED . DON'T GET ME WRONG THEY WERE GREAT AND I HAVE LOVED THEM FROM THE START, BUT THEY MISSED PLAYING THE BEST AND MOST POPULAR SONGS. HE IS A CUTIE.
Awesome��
Conor Oberst is an amazing talented guy.
I honestly don't know where I'd be without this man.
Did Marzia bring anybody here???
evalovr
True Counting Crows had a ton more success than Bright Eyes.
Well.... Not everyone makes it big evalovr even if they have a lot of fans.
I dig it
evalovr
Sorry I'll add that my frustration isn't that Conner ripped off Adam, I don't care so much about that, I'm more pissed that The Counting Crows don't get the praise they deserve from young kids as one of the bands that started the Indie scene.
evalovr
I like Bright Eyes a lot as a band, love their music. But I can't stand the fact that they have so many huge fans who claim Oberst is some musical inspiration and that he changed music. The band is a near-blatant Counting Crows ripoff, Oberst copied almost everything from Adam Duritz. Again, love the band but c'mon people listen to CC and you'll see Oberst didn't do any pioneering in his career.
definitely a great inspiration
it kills me that i will probably never get to see conor live. hes my biggest inspiration when it comes to my own writing, and just my outlook on life in general. thanks for that dude
laura.hunt37
Ha ha I remember little Connor at the cog factory way back in the day. Glad his work has paid off.
Omg heard this song on a commercial and I was looking for it and it came on one of my stations! Funny how things happen huh? :D
My gosh. This songs will never ever get old. Its amazing and I am in love with it, as well as Conor!
Seriously he is a lyrical genius
His voice <3
I've been searching all morning for a song that tells the story of my life right now and this one certainly hits it right on the head. This song will forever have meaning for me.
Bright eyes will go down in history. maybe even with it
Such a beautiful soul <3
Saw conor w jenny lewis. EPIC show. Much respect
sc367788
Conor Oberst, do you even realize how many lives you've touched??? We appreciate what you have given to the world!!! Thank you~
My absolute favorite. There isn't one song that I don't love. His music is incredible. Anyone who disagrees doesn't know good music and doesn't deserve to listen to greatness.
Conor Oberst's music pretty much saved my life. I couldn't have made it with out Bright Eyes.
This song help me survive the hell of meth adoction
fuschiaface
This is so freaking beautiful!!
Beautiful song. He's a very talented songwriter. I love the lyrics!
The way the vocals are wobbly and almost choked up is so sweet. It makes me want to cry. :)
Check this video featuring Bright Eyes music!

http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = V X E M e X Z W S E A
wonderful song.
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