Once tagged"rock's boy genius"by the music press, Conor Oberst turned 27 on February 15th and even without that in mind it's hard to listen to Cassadaga without hearing a newfound sophistication to the Bright Eyes sound. Producer, multi-instrumentalist and permanent band member Mike Mogis has crafted a swirling, euphonious record, at times bursting with bombastic confidence and country swagger, and at others loose-limbed and mesmeric.
Once tagged"rock's boy genius"by the music press, Conor Oberst turned 27 on February 15th and even without that in mind it's hard to listen to Cassadaga without hearing a newfound sophistication to the Bright Eyes sound. Producer, multi-instrumentalist and permanent band member Mike Mogis has crafted a swirling, euphonious record, at times bursting with bombastic confidence and country swagger, and at others loose-limbed and mesmeric.
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Format: CD
Label: SDLE
Catalog: 10103
Rel. Date: 04/10/2007
UPC: 648401010329

Cassadaga
Artist: Bright Eyes
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Once tagged"rock's boy genius"by the music press, Conor Oberst turned 27 on February 15th and even without that in mind it's hard to listen to Cassadaga without hearing a newfound sophistication to the Bright Eyes sound. Producer, multi-instrumentalist and permanent band member Mike Mogis has crafted a swirling, euphonious record, at times bursting with bombastic confidence and country swagger, and at others loose-limbed and mesmeric.

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''Cassadaga'' is the seventh studio album by Bright Eyes, released on April 10, 2007. Around 25 to 30 songs were recorded in 2006, with 13 of these appearing on the final track list. The album is named after the town of Cassadaga, Florida, a community of mediums and followers of spiritualism.

Z Berg of the Like, Sherri DuPree and Stacy DuPree of Eisley as well as solo artist Rachael Yamagata all appear on this album. The first single, "Four Winds" was released on March 6, 2007, from the ''Four Winds EP'' with five B-sides not on ''Cassadaga''.

''Cassadaga'' debuted at number four on the U.S Billboard 200, selling about 58,000 copies in its first week. The album is the 103rd release of Saddle Creek Records. This album was #12 on ''Rolling Stones list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. In the United Kingdom ''Cassadaga'' reached number 13 on the UK Albums Chart in April 2007<sup></sup>.

Johnny Depp named ''Cassadaga'' one of his "favorite things" of 2007.

The first single from the album, "Four Winds" can be heard in the background briefly during the party scene in the 2008 film ''Cloverfield''. - Wikipedia

Really, it's a shame that Jack White copped the name Raconteurs for his "rockier" side gig; that's what Conor Oberst does, be it in conscientious (defunct?) punkers Desaparecidos or all alone with his gee-tar (or, like, an orchestra that would make Arcade Fire weep) as Bright Eyes. This artist is still a young man, and his failures are just as revelatory and compelling as his successes. So how do you follow up an acoustic/electro double album and an ensuing tour that entailed calling out both Dubya and John Peel? Maybe with this often raucous 13-song set, which parcels out deceptively simple country boy introspection and orchestral grandeur in equal doses. Flaunting the violin-imbued title track from the just-released Four Winds EP, not to mention cameos from indie icons M. Ward, Gillian Welch and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi), Cassadaga hops from one end of the spectrum to the other, always tastefully. As it always goes with Oberst, the real landmines will be on the road.

Really, it's a shame that Jack White copped the name Raconteurs for his "rockier" side gig; that's what Conor Oberst does, be it in conscientious (defunct?) punkers Desaparecidos or all alone with his gee-tar (or, like, an orchestra that would make Arcade Fire weep) as Bright Eyes. This artist is still a young man, and his failures are just as revelatory and compelling as his successes. So how do you follow up an acoustic/electro double album and an ensuing tour that entailed calling out both Dubya and John Peel? Maybe with this often raucous 13-song set, which parcels out deceptively simple country boy introspection and orchestral grandeur in equal doses. Flaunting the violin-imbued title track from the just-released Four Winds EP, not to mention cameos from indie icons M. Ward, Gillian Welch and Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi), Cassadaga hops from one end of the spectrum to the other, always tastefully. As it always goes with Oberst, the real landmines will be on the road.