Late to the party. I love Bright Eyes. More particularly I love Conor in general. So many rainy days in first year of uni spent walking around the lake listening to DAIADU and Lifted, exploring his other work. The production is incredible. He speaks to you as you go through your life, as @hip_young_gunslinger said. Incredible that someone so young could write like that, that it meant as much to me at 18 as it does nearly 16 years later, and with a whole new set of meanings.
The Better Oblivion récord is an all-time great. Read Music… is an all-time great. More Bright Eyes albums than are worth listing are all-time greats. He’s one of the best, the absolute best, and one of the few artists I feel lucky to have in my listening life in a real personal way. There are no comparisons that are too over-exaggerated.
Also important (maybe) to note how DIY Bright Eyes were, coming out of a rural setting with very few outlets to play or get their music known, creating their own label outright with Conor’s brother and getting as big as they did. Introducing the world to bands like Big Thief. Really fucking well done.
On the one hand we could right some wrongs, on the other it would be total chaos. Like it could be fun and I know a lot of people missed the early ones but I’m not sure of it should count? Might start a whole new load of arguments? Might also be worth it?
Would be quite interested to see everyone ranking the 100 artists 1-100, then points given from 100-1 respectively, and the scores aggregated into a list. Imagine it might look quite different from the current ranking.
This is good idea. I think to make it a little more accessible (and manageable for me) I’ll ask people to do a top 10 or 20 in order (10pts for favourite, 9 for second and so on) and do it like that maybe.