Fevers and Mirrors [reissue] - SADDLE CREEK
FILTER Grade: 77%
By Marissa R. Moss on May 4, 2012
Hooray to Saddle Creek for re-releasing a series of early Bright Eyes records this year, with 2000’s Fevers and Mirrors as its angsty cherry on top. But even though it’s now in a two-LP package, there aren’t really any extra bells and whistles to speak of. What it does offer is a chance to listen to a boy on the verge: well before Conor Oberst became a monster of folk, he was suffering monster demons that came through in the quivers and screams of Fevers, particularly on songs like the now-classic “Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh,” and “Something Vague.” We bet Oberst doesn’t like reliving his torment, but we sure do sometimes...although it’d have been nice to get something extra for our troubles. All this angst ain’t cheap.