Friday, February 22, 2008

Some Thoughts From Your Favorite Oryctolagus Cuniculus


First of all, what's the deal with Bright Eyes? Does anyone really like this music, or is everyone just too afraid to step up and say that he sucks because he's not pop? I mean, what do people like about his songs? Thoughtful lyrics? I think he truly does put a lot of thought into them, but that's completely countered by the fact that he's a total pansy. I mean, he has a song which starts out by mentioning that he cries when a certain male friend of his sings. Come on.

This is actually a bit more informed than is customary for the Rabbit, but I spent the morning listening to the 23 Bright Eyes tracks that I have unfortunately acquired ('Cassadega' and 'I'm Wide Awake...") . There are a few songs that are actually not bad. These are 'Classic Cars,' 'If The Brakeman Turns My Way,' and maybe 'First Day Of My Life.' But basically, I don't get it. The dude sounds like a sobbing nancy at an open mic night. He should add some cool members to his band. Like a horn player. And a lead guitarist. And maybe he should get someone else to sing his songs. And write them.

Anyway, someone please try to explain this to me. Maybe the Cherry Ghost can hit me with some knowledge.

Secondly, I guess The Format broke up? I'm sort of indifferent to this. I liked The Format in a maybe-you've-never-heard-of-Queen kind of way. I thought 'Dog Problems' was pretty great. I had a really great time at one of their shows. But I guess at the end of the day I would have been embarrassed to have had to go out and buy their newest album on pre-release, so I'm thankful they saved me the embarrassment. Maybe it turns out I never really believed in them, despite the 'Caravan' cover.

Finally, if someone told me that 'Evil Empire' was the greatest album of all time, I would probably not argue. You can't argue with Rage Against the Machine fans anyway, but choosing that as the g.o.a.t. is a respectable choice. I mean, if I could kick it in a Havana speak-easy with Che Guevera, smoking a cigar and drinking rum, I'd probably want 'Year of tha Boomerang' rocking over the Bose sound system.

Bonus - I dare you to tell me that Conor Oberst is not singing lead in this song by Wild Sweet Orange called 'House of Regret.' Enjoy.

6 comments:

Little Dynamite said...

i'm going to punch you in the baby maker...bright eyes is legit...are you calling my top songs of 2007 a farce since "four winds" was my #1 song of the year?

remember, i don't listen to lyrics so his music is where the talent lies...i can understand that there is the occasional skip-to-the-next-track, but his work as a whole totally makes up for a few weird and experimental songs...

and he's from the midwest...shame on you...

Nicholas said...

Nice entry. my 18-year old sister from omaha doesnt even think bright eyes is cool anymore.

Little Gun said...

Oberst is a tremendous lyricist. Sure, his voice can be a little angsty (real or made-up word?) sometimes, but that happens to everybody. "Land-Locked Blues" may be in my top 20 songs of all time. That just happened. Everyone can benefit from a horn section.

Little D, Is it too early to call "For Emma, Forever Ago," the best album of the year...I swear I'm about to.

Little Dynamite said...

i would like to let you say that, little gun, but i would like you to hold off...think of if you would have called "neon bible" the best album of the year when it came out...not that is couldn't rival it, but it's too soon...

btw, "for emma, forever ago" is unreal...i love it...

but i think vampire weekend still has an edge at the moment...

cherry ghost said...

cant get enough of "for emma, forever ago"...gets my vote

Jack the Rabbit said...

Yo - Lil D - the beginning of 4 Winds is ripped from Santa Claus is coming to town