Matt's Track of the Week: "The Center of the World"
Song: The Center of the World
Artist: Bright Eyes
Album: Fevers & Mirrors
There has been a lot of talk on Animal Noises and across the interwebs lately about Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band. Withall of the buzz surrounding their new record, I started to feel a bit nostalgic, and thought it would be nice to highlight an old favorite of mine from when Conor was recording exclusively as Bright Eyes.
In my opinion, as much as I consider myself a fan of everything Oberst has recorded in his lengthy career, there's no topping his releases from 2000-2005. There's an intensity and emotion that was so apparent in his music from his own internal struggles and passions that simply has not been reached since. And that's not to say I hold it against him either. Every artist has to grow and mature. But there's something about the almost bi-polar nature of a song like "The Center of the World" that just strikes a chord in me. It's one of the many standouts on Fevers & Mirrors, and it hits hard and sticks with you with its closing lines: "Two pills just weren't enough. The alarm clock's going off, but you're not waking up. This isn't happening, happening, happening, happening, happening. It is." Check it out below.
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