Anonymous asked: did you have a favorite bright eyes album?
like i’m willing to accept that fevers is like, an album of more or less equal quality and my attachment to lifted derives at least in part from the fact that it’s the one i heard first, but i dunno, i just like it more. it feels more sincere/earnest/transparent/forthcoming/generous. like, fevers is still the work of someone who isn’t fully secure with himself, it has that weird fake self-lacerating interview after an attempt to tip the scales, a lot of the best lines kind of drip with sarcasm and defense mechanisms. he’s still using these weird metaphors and images, whereas on lifted he’s rendering real life events and conversations so faithfully that he drifts off into a tangenital conversation with tim kasher midway through nothing gets crossed out
there’s like a very poetic perspective on mundane details he achieves on lifted that speaks to me a lot more than the overblown goth melodrama of his prior work and the Important Religious Symbolism and bleating “oh no i’m rich and can afford to do a lot of cocaine and i can’t stop myself from sleeping with all the models i can sleep with now, this is horrible” passion plays that occupied most of his subsequent work
i rate lifted and fevers very highly, “a perfect sonnet” forever, i never warmed up to anything on “digital ash”, i love “lua” and “poison oak” and ESPECIALLY “first day of my life” off wide awake but that’s kind of it, after that just “four winds” and even then i am much more into the killers synth-pop cover version of it which, if you consider the fact that the killers are named after the fake band from the new order “crystal” video, basically sounds more like something i’d make than anything i’ve ever actually made
like overall bright eyes changed how i saw music and i’m a huge fan