Bright Eyes’ new album, The People’s Key — which comes out on February 15th — is now streaming in full over on NPR.
Robin Hilton is calling it “a career-defining work of art.”
Diehard fans might find it hard to believe that Bright Eyes could produce anything better than 2005’s simultaneously released I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn. But in retrospect, those albums feel less developed than The People’s Key. In earlier recordings such as Fevers and Mirrors and Lifted…, Oberst sounds like a wide-eyed kid who’s still figuring things out. On the new record, he’s older and wiser and more sure of himself. His voice is stronger, the sonic palette is richer and the poetry is more compelling.
You can listen to the record now on NPR until its release on February 15th (via Saddlecreek). [via stereogum]