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The People’s Key Album Review

by Lauren Voyles


The People’s Key is the final album of Bright Eyes, released one year ago today. Before I review the album, I’d like to apologize to all of the hipsters that will be angry that all of the “mainstream” people will know about their music.

In rating this album, if I had to compare it to music in general, I would give it 4 stars out of 5. If I had to compare it to all of Bright Eyes’ music, I would give 3.5 stars. This album has shown me that not every band will end up sucking as time passes, like I previously thought. This album is definitely different from previous albums by Bright Eyes. As a prelude: Every Bright Eyes song has a meaning. Most Bright Eyes songs are about personal experiences and certain people Conor Oberst (The lead singer; he IS the band) knew. The People’s Key goes more for universal meanings rather than personal ones. I have noticed, though, that over time Conor’s songs have become less personal. In one of his first albums “A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded from 1995-1997” he would actually include the name of the person he was talking about. After that, he rarely included the name of the person, but he did give very personal details about the situations or people the song was about.

Getting to individual songs, I would have to say the best song is “Shell Games”. It is definitely in the style of most of the newer songs, and most of the lyrics in it are for universal meaning but it also adds a touch of personal feelings. “One for You, One for Me” is also a very good song. I did not care for “Approximate Sunlight.”

Should you buy this album? If you like almost all of the songs and you would save from purchasing the song in the album package, or if you don’t want to buy digital download you should purchase the album. I personally chose to download individual songs, but it’s up to you. I personally think that it is a good album overall. It’s not the perfect album to end the band on, but it wasn’t bad.


How to Clean Cat Urine Out of Anything

by Lauren Voyles


If you have a cat, you may know how bad cat urine smells, and how unpleasant it is to have on your bed, carpet, sofa, or clothes. You may have tried before to remove the stains and/or odors without success. There are many commercial cat urine cleaners, but not all of them work. You might have thrown things away because you think that you just can’t get the smell out. Thankfully, there are ways to remove all evidence of cat urine from carpets, furniture, and clothing.

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Voyles Now Selling Hogwarts House Scarves

by Lauren Voyles

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter books or movie series (or both)? SHS Junior Lauren Voyles is knitting and selling Hogwarts House-themed scarves. Voyles is selling scarves for each of the four Houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

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Justin Timberlake rocks the big screen in “In Time”

“In Time” is a bold new film with a powerful message. The movie is set in the future, where people stop aging at twenty five. After they come of age, their death clock starts ticking. Time is the currency, and they are only given one year by default. To live longer, they must earn time, just like money. But, unlike money, when you run out of time, you die. Continue reading

The Taste of Salem is a Success

The Taste of Salem has always been a very elegant event full of great food, a fabulous silent auction, and fellowship. November 3  was no different. Continue reading

Voyles Suggests an Alternative to the Thanksgiving Turkey

As everyone knows, turkey is the biggest American Thanksgiving tradition. Many people are so used to this tradition, that they do not realize the harmful effects. Continue reading

Duffy Starts Knitting Club at SHS

by Lauren Voyles


Spanish 1-4 teacher, Mrs. Duffy, has decided to start a knitting club for the 2011-2012 school year. Meetings will be after school  on Tuesdays starting November 1st.

The purpose of the club is to teach new knitters to knit and to help experienced knitters improve their skills. The class will start out simply for beginners., and go on from there. “Our first project is going to be a scarf,” says Duffy.

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