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Artist: Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova

Album: One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels

Label: Saddle Creek

Release Date: March 23

Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy):

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Album Review: The Rerelease of Bright Eyes/Neva Dinova's One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels

one jug.jpg
Artist: Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova

Album: One Jug Of Wine, Two Vessels

Label: Saddle Creek

Release Date: March 23

Rating (Skip, Stream, or Buy): Stream

Download: "Rollerskating"

Remember when Conor Oberst kept getting called the next Bob Dylan? That turned out to be a bit short-sighted. Since Oberst went country-western a few years ago, the results have been, well, boring. The last Bright Eyes record, 2007's Cassadaga, had none of the raw, visceral qualities of Oberst's best, most promising work, 2002's Lifted... So, while normally I'd call it a bit pointless to be rereleasing his 2004 split EP with fellow Omahans Neva Dinova, in this case it's nice to hear what Oberst once was. One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels originally contained six simple and pretty folk songs - the rerelease has four new tracks, two from each band. It's the first new material Oberst has recorded under the Bright Eyes moniker since 2007, when he started tooling around with Monsters of Folk and the Mystic Valley Band. It's not bad stuff, but old-school fans still aren't going to be thrilled. "Happy Accident" is too flat; the wistful "I Know You" fares a little better, but there still doesn't seem to be enough passion behind either song. Come on, Conor! Get pissed off again! What happened to the days when you screamed off songs urging the president to smell his own bullshit? We're better off here listening to the old material ("Black Comedy" is great) and Neva Dinova's two new contributions - Jake Bellows has a nicely rounded, Morrissey-esque voice, and the lead track, "Rollerskating," has an easy, ambling Smiths-like feel.

 
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