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The People's Key

Bright Eyes - The People's Key
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2011 Ratings: #648 / 920
User Score
Based on 51 ratings
2011 Ratings: #243
February 15, 2011 / Release Date
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Saddle Creek / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Drowned in Sound

A collection of fleet, shimmering pop songs; a master-class in sonic splendour; a bold, beautiful and brilliant reinvention that should surprise as many as it will enthrall.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

The People’s Key is Oberst’s most fluently arranged, lyrically graceful, and consistently quality batch of songs to date.

MasterCrackfox
73
I'm not sure why this is one of the most poorly received albums by Bright Eyes, aside from their collection of original songs. Although many of the albums prior to this one have far more standout tracks, The People's Key is a largely consistent album throughout and has steadily enjoyable if not amazing songs.

This album is thematically pretty enjoyable as well, with little sound clips spliced in that give The People's Key a sense of synergy that even their best work sometimes loses.

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CheapandLethal
75
Decent
VinylHound83
86
Firewall - 10/10
Shell Games - 10/10
Jejune Stars - 8/10
Approximate Sunlight - 7/10
Haile Selassie - 10/10
A Machine Spiritual - 8/10
Triple Spiral - 10/10
Beginner's Mind - 7/10
Ladder Song - 9/10
One for You, One for Me - 7/10

Overall Rating: 86 out of 100 = 86%

Overall Opinion: Sorely underrated. Lyrically and melodically it is on point with the creativity we come to expect from Conor. He is the voice of my generation.
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Track List

  1. Firewall 
  2. Shell Games 
  3. Jejune Stars 
  4. Approximate Sunlight 
  5. Haile Selassie 
  6. A Machine Spiritual (In the People's Key) 
  7. Triple Spiral 
  8. Beginner's Mind 
  9. Ladder Song 
  10. One for You, One for Me
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