BRIGHT EYES: Letting Off the Happiness: CD

May 14, 2001

I saw these boys play at the Silverlake Lounge a while back and they were nice enough to give me a CD to review. I think these guys are great, and I think they are going to continue to grow with their music and their popularity. First of all, this band is huge (or at least bigger than your average 4 piece). They have enough instruments to incorporate into a small jazz band, but without losing their indie rock sound and charm. Whether or not this band is as young as they look is questionable on behalf of the emotions and situations represented in their music. I hate to drop the reference, but lyrically they remind me of Belle and Sebastian, using stories rather than sentences to portray their ideas and songs. I discover something new every time I listen to this album; whether it be a softer lyric, or a new digital pulse or putter that somehow went unnoticed the time before. "Letting Off the Happiness" is only one of many CDs they have released that you probably haven't heard, but are recommended to listen to. Their newest release, "Fevers and Mirrors," is equally enchanting and exceptional.

 –Harmonee (Saddle Creek, Box 8554, Omaha, NE 68108-0554)