BRIGHT EYES: “A Christmas Album” limited clear red LP

BRIGHT EYES: “A Christmas Album” limited clear red LP


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BRIGHT EYES: “A Christmas Album” limited clear red LP. Released 10th Nov 2023

Bright Eyes’ Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient
noise, and musical saw-driven version of “Away in a Manger,”
helping weed out casual Christmas music enjoyers, but all too
tempting for the most devout of Conor Oberst’s disciples,
who originally learned that the warmth of the holiday season is
trumped only by its potential for melancholy back in 2002 with
the original Saddle Creek release. Oberst and a small army of
friends at his house proceed to jamboree through Christmas
classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “God
Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem,”
Holiday cheer, when delivered with Oberst’s trademark tremble,
sounds more like a lament than it does hymns of ecclesiastical
joy. But the spirited listener will find that the fragile, homespun,
and somewhat blinkered vibe that permeates the album sets
itself apart from the bog-standard, less sonically humble
offerings of the holidays, and, both strangely and satisfyingly, is
probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season.

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