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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.


My List of 5 Most Depressing Songs

There are many depressing songs on this planet, because, honestly, life kind of sucks. Many musicians choose to channel this into their songs. I am compiling a countdown of the 5 songs I find most depressing.

5. Hungry for a Holiday- Bright Eyes

4. Bankrupt on Selling- Modest Mouse

4. It’s Cool, We Can Still Be Friends- Bright Eyes

3. Rotten Apples- Smashing Pumpkins

2. Waste of Paint- Bright Eyes

1. Mad World- Gary Jules

                So there’s my compilation of the 5 most depressing songs I know. What’s on your list of your 5 most depressing songs? Post it in the comments.

Lauren Voyles, Staff Writer

Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (Live at Metro, Chicago)

On the night of March 26th, 2011, I stood on a bustling Chicago sidewalk, coat zipped, hoodie flipped up, and earphones plugged in; a sign above lit up the dirty, old-looking outer walls of the Metro: “Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Eric Chenaux – March 26 – Sold Out.” I’d envisioned this moment for years, but there was nothing like the cold Chicago winds to snap you back into reality; I was there, and just hours away from hearing the opening drones of Storm and Sleep. Understandably, my heart raced. The line of people who stood in-front of me had probably been there for hours just to secure a spot in such proximity from the door. Still, having arrived an hour before the doors would be shoved open had resulted in place nearly forty people back, and I was more than happy with that. Continue reading