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
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Studio album by Bright Eyes
Released August 13, 2002
Recorded December 2001 – January 2002: Presto!, Lincoln, Nebraska
Genre Indie rock, indie folk, alternative country
Length 73:08
Label Saddle Creek (US)
LBJ-46
Producer Mike Mogis
Bright Eyes chronology
Fevers and Mirrors
(2000)
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
(2002)
A Christmas Album
(2002)

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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 8/10[10]
The Village Voice B+[11]

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. Kludge included it on their list of best albums of 2002.[12] Blender ranked the album at 52 on their list of "100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever", which appeared in the December 2007 issue.[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
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
Total length:
73:08

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground by Bright Eyes". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground – Bright Eyes". AllMusic. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ Simmons, Sylvie (September 2002). "Bright Eyes: Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground". Blender (9): 143. Archived from the original on April 13, 2005. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ Clarke, Betty (August 9, 2002). "Bright Eyes: Lifted, or: The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground". The Guardian. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Cromelin, Richard (August 11, 2002). "From a Leisurely Journey Comes Bravura Rock". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ Mulvey, John (August 10, 2002). "Bright Eyes : Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground". NME: 32. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ Carr, Eric (August 12, 2002). "Bright Eyes: Lifted, or, The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Bright Eyes: Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground". Q (194): 101. September 2002. 
  9. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 104–05. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  10. ^ Hagan, Joe (September 2002). "Bright Eyes: Lifted or the Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground". Spin 18 (9): 133–34. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 31, 2002). "Consumer Guide: Don't Call It a Comeback". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Best of 2002". Kludge. Archived from the original on July 22, 2004. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever — #60 to #51". Blender. December 2007. 

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