Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground

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Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Studio album by Bright Eyes
Released August 13, 2002
Recorded December 2001 – January 2002: Presto!, Lincoln, Nebraska
Genre Indie rock, indie folk
Length 73:08
Label Saddle Creek (US)
Producer Mike Mogis
Bright Eyes chronology
Fevers and Mirrors
LIFTED or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
A Christmas Album

Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground is the fourth album by Bright Eyes. This album is the 46th release of Saddle Creek Records. The band made its national television debut in support of the album, performing "The Trees Get Wheeled Away" (a track that was not on the album) on the Late Show with David Letterman. The album is referenced in the Jonathan Franzen novel Freedom when the main characters Walter and Richard attend a Bright Eyes concert in Washington D.C. during the "Lifted" tour.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Big Picture" – 8:42
  2. "Method Acting" – 3:42
  3. "False Advertising" – 5:52
  4. "You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will." – 3:25
  5. "Lover I Don't Have to Love" – 4:00
  6. "Bowl of Oranges" – 4:48
  7. "Don't Know When But a Day Is Gonna Come" – 6:31
  8. "Nothing Gets Crossed Out" – 4:34
  9. "Make War" – 6:16
  10. "Waste of Paint" – 6:29
  11. "From a Balance Beam" – 3:40
  12. "Laura Laurent" – 4:56
  13. "Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)" – 10:07


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10) 8/13/2002
Music Box 4.5/5 stars link
NME (7/10) link
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B+) link

Lifted received positive reviews, ranking fourth on Rolling Stone's list of the best albums in 2002, and was lauded as a breakthrough album for Bright Eyes and Conor Oberst. Blender magazine ranked the album at 52 on their list of "100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever", which appeared in the December 2007 issue.[1]



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