UK (Manchester), March 12, 2005 Review

artist: Bright Eyes date: 03/14/2005 category: live concerts

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Bright Eyes: UK (Manchester), March 12, 2005
Bright Eyes played all songs from their new country-twinged album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning. Everyone seemed to be having a hell of fun. The sound of the entire night was brilliant and very clear.
 Sound: 10
 Perfomance: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
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UK (Manchester), March 12, 2005 Reviewed by: thecomaboy, on march 14, 2005
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Sound: Conor was on top form tonight. He sang with everything he had, along with a couple of cracks that are his trademark, and his tendency to go a bit insane at high points of songs. His backing band had a guy on a pedal steel, one or two other guitarists, a trumpet player, a bassist, and a keyboard player. Conor alternated between his electro-acoustic guitar and his electric guitar. Overall, the sound of the entire night was brilliant and very clear. Sometimes the noise went over the vocals slightly when some high points were reached, which was a setback, but that was mostly during Rilo Kiley's opening set. Bright Eyes are definately a lot louder live than in studio. // 10

Perfomance: Everyone seemed to be having a hell of fun. Conor Oberst is notorious for not talking much on stage but tonight he spoke a lot, despite only drinking mostly water while on stage. He also normally doesn't like flashing cameras or the audience singing with him but he didn't seem to care tonight. Cameras were everywhere in the all-standing venue and he overcame this by singing with his eyes closed. Some of the audience were quietly singing along the majority of the gig (the ones who knew all the words anyway) but the set ender Road To Joy and Method Acting midway were the loudest songs. The crowd was almost silent as Conor, alone on stage, graced everyone with his US No. 1 single Lua. Afterwards, the crowd erupted. Bright Eyes played all songs from their new country-twinged album 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' (this is the album that is being toured, Conor will then tour again for his more electronic album later this year) except First Day Of My Life, which several people were shouting for. First Day Of My Life is due to be a single on March 21st. A new song, Everything Must Belong Somewhere was played. A Scale, A Mirror from Fevers and Mirrors was also played with Conor on keyboard. Method Acting from Lifted was one of the night's majorly high points. Rarer songs True Blue and Southern State were given to the crowd later in the night. The first song of the encore was June On The West Coast. Setlist: 01. At The Bottom Of Everything 02. We Are Nowhere And It's Now 03. Old Soul Song 04. Train Underwater 05. Everything Must Belong Somewhere (New song) 06. A Scale, A Mirror, And Those Indifferent Clocks (Conor on keyboard) 07. Lua 08. Method Acting 09. Poison Oak 10. Southern State (Never heard it before then) 11. True Blue (the same) 12. Another Travellin' Song Encore: 13. June On The West Coast 14. Landlocked Blues 15. Road To Joy People were shouting for various songs throughout the show but got ignored. Someone after the first song shouted "Conor, you sexy beast!" and Conor commented "No, look at the guy on the right of me. He's beautiful. Much much sexier." This raised a huge laugh from the audience. At two point Conor dived onto the drum kit and rocked out. The trumpet player also deafened the audience when Conor shoved the microphone in front of him. All in all, the night was just spectacular. However, continuous requests for songs could have been granted. // 10

Overall Impression: The concert took place March 12th 2005, in the Manchester Academy 2 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Californian indies Rilo Kiley had a 45 minute opening set which got the crowd going. But the main act was obviously the night's maker. I loved every aspect of the show except for some niggles in sound, like vocals being slightly drowned out by other instruments and a mobile phone affecting the amplifier at one point. The ticket cost 12.50 and it was definately worth it. I would definately see Conor Oberst's band next time it came to Manchester, without question. The most unforgettable moments were Conor's conversations with the crowd, Lua, Method Acting, June On The West Coast and Road To Joy. // 10

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