BRIGHT EYES AND THE JOLLY ‘A CHRISTMAS ALBUM’ REISSUE

BRIGHT EYES AND THE JOLLY ‘A CHRISTMAS ALBUM’ REISSUE

Leigh MichaelSunday,8 December 2013

The Snap:

In 2002, Conor Oberst (alias: Bright Eyes) released A Christmas Album, a collection of traditional tunes that are about as merry as the album name is exciting. All of the proceeds went to the Nebraska AIDS Project.

This year, he reissued the album for our listening pleasure. Oh joy.

The Download:

Womp. Womp. I feel like this when I listen to Bright Eyes. And sometimes, that’s a great thing. You really want to immerse yourself in melancholia, to revel in despondency. And our favorite Nebraska artist, Conor Oberst, really knows how to get those feelings pumping.

He, along with his other band members, have turned Bright Eyes into a paradigm of introspective solemnity. You don’t smile when you listen to them. You enjoy their music, but it doesn’t make you happy, per se. But don’t take my word for it – listen to this little ditty to really experience it.

So, it’s a talented crew. But when you translate that mantra over to festive tunes like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” it seems almost comically unfitting. Do you really want me to have a merry Christmas, Conor? Or would you prefer for me to crawl under the covers and never emerge?

Ironically, “Blue Christmas” is the only track that has a little spring in its step. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” is vaguely threatening, and “Silent Night” would send even the most festive Christmas elf into a sad stupor.

You can listen to the full playlist here. Happy holidays!!!!

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Hat Tips:

Conor Oberst, Youtube, NYTimes, Image Credit: Flickr



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