I gave Odd Blood my first listen this past weekend, and I pretty much hated the whole thing.
I like Odd Blood a lot. (specifically: Ambling Alp, ONE, Rome, I Remember and Madder Red)
Is it a better album than their debut? No. But it's not nearly as bad as you are making it out to be. Does it seem more accessible than their previous album? I suppose? - but even if it is, I'm not sure it's necessarily more accessible in a bad way - at least not in a way i can qualitatively define.
Last Edit: Feb 22, 2011 13:13:02 GMT -8 by stamper
OK, I'm not posting this to start up another argument about how much I like Bright Eyes. I think you all know how much I like them so I don't think you need to hear that anymore. I do want to suggest a couple songs to those of you who might not know very much of their stuff. This is also to show those of you that think C. Oberst is just a whiny singer that he doesn't just scream and whine in all his songs like you think he does. So if you are interested may I suggest:
Take it Easy (love nothing): give this one a chance because the layers build and build as the song goes on
Smoke Without Fire: a good little folk song duo with M. Ward
Tourist Trap: a really slow song, but just imagine yourself sitting around a campfire in the desert somewhere.
I think this shows their range and the fact that not every song is Conor just screaming about drinking, dying, or whatever else you think of him. If you don't like these songs, that's cool. If you've never really heard Bright Eyes then maybe you'll find something you enjoy in these songs. Cheers.