Bright Eyes - Motion Sickness

Please keep that tape rolling, boys keep strumming those guitars, we need a record of our failures, we must document our love

The Bright Eyes project, a constantly shifting framework of musicians revolving around the stellar talents of maverick folk hero Conor Oberst, sees the release of its first live album proper on this limited edition gem.

Motion Sickness caps a fine 2005 for Oberst, who's critically acclaimed LPs I'm Wide Awake It's Morning and Digital Ash In A Digital Urn, simultaneously released a year ago already, featured heavily in many critics' end of year lists. Material from I'm Wide Awake, the more traditional effort of the two, makes up the bulk of the recordings here and though the omission of singles Lua and First Day Of My Life is surprising, such is his undoubted gift for songwriting that they're hardly missed amongst the unrestrained wonder of Road To Joy and the aching sincerity of Train Under Water.

Older tracks and a smattering of covers have been drawn on to flesh the record out, and it'll be a real treat for fans to hear the band take on minor classics like A Scale A Mirror And These Indifferent Clocks from Fevers And Mirrors and Elliot Smith's The Biggest Lie. Proving them unafraid to mix it up a little a blistering run through of recent B side When The President Talks To God is also present, Oberst's most venomous attack on the state of US politics since he made a rock record with the Disappeared.

Much of the one time wunderkids reputation has been made on the evocative nature of his lyrics and voice and the storytale nature of his words and heartfelt delivery to affect even the stoniest of spirits are keenly felt on this wonderful keepsake, a moment in time snatched from one of the truly great artists working in music today. One hour and eighty four seconds to treasure.

Overall

9

out of 10

Last updated: 19/04/2018 06:39:38

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