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Tuesday 23 November 2021



2021 Charity Shop Purchases 89 - Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

Another charity shop haul, another Bright Eyes CD.

I suppose it is easy to understand why many of the albums by Conor Oberst end up in charity shops as they often are not an easy listen. They often contain a right load of tosh but without exception there are always a few diamonds in the rough which makes them worth sticking with.

I now have enough to consider putting together an ICA for JC's place. Another project to add to the list.

Cassadaga, named after a town in Florida which boasts a community of mediums and followers of spiritualism, was released in 2007 on the Saddle Creek label and is the band's 8th (of 10 ) studio album. Conor has also released a number of solo albums and also albums as part of Monsters of Folk and Better Oblivion Community Center among others. Safe to say that he is a pretty prolific artist.

For me is is probably their most easily accessable album. It was critically acclaimed  and was his highest charting album in the US. Johnny Depp named Cassadaga as one of his favourite things of 2007. Not sure that that will be featuring on any stickers or posters these days.

Brakeman was changed to Breakman for the UK release. I'm not sure if there is such a word so I am happy to stick with Brakeman

Bright Eyes -If The Brakeman Turns My Way

Bright Eyes - Soul Singer in a Session Band

1 comment:

  1. Conor Oberst is another of those artists that frequently cropped up on compilations and freebie CDs that I own, but has never quite drawn me in purchase an album...apart from 2002's Christmas Album, which is pretty dire. CC, very happy for you to dig through the right load of old tosh to unearth the diamonds!