Bright Eyes – Studio Albums 2000-2011 Boxed Set Review


Being a fanatical Bright Eyes fan comes with a huge price.
Saddle Creek, 2016
Purchase: Amazon

4.0 / 10

Due to manufacturing delays, the new Bright Eyes collection is getting delayed until October. Until then, let’s educate. The boxed set comes with six albums: Fevers and Mirrors, LIFTED or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, Cassadaga, and The People’s Key. All of the albums except The People’s Key have been remastered by Bob Ludwig, who originally mastered The People’s Key. Having loved most of these albums through my early twenties, it’s great to hear these new remastered versons. The grittier sounds on Fevers and Mirrors are made clearer and have better resonance on this release, while Digital Ash in a Digital Urn punches a little tighter on the new mixes. Simply put, these recordings are gorgeous.

The real question here isn’t whether or not you want this. If you ever went on an early drive to I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning, or somehow got home from a never ending bender to Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, you want this. If you ever googled what the story at the beginning of Fevers and Mirrors is from, you want this. Hell, if you clicked on the title of this article (and are not a close personal friend of mine), you want this. No, what you’ll really ask yourself is, “Can I afford this?” For $150 you can get the vinyl box, or for a more affordable $60 you can get the CD box. Don’t get me wrong, these releases come with STUFF. In fact, it’s LIMITED EDITION STUFF. All of the pressings are numbered out of 5000 for vinyl and 1000 for cd. So… exactly how much do you love Conor Oberst? These are basically pretty pretty dolled up versions of albums that if you were gonna buy them, you probably already have them. If you really really really really REEEEEAAAALLLY love the feeling of Bright Eyes nostalgia through a new lens, you might appreciate this. If you’re a normal fan and want to hear the new versions, just wait for the albums you really love to come out as solitary releases in November.