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All Music Guide - Kenyon Hopkin
With Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst wears his languishing heart on his sleeve, channeling his most personal emotions via intense acoustic-based indie rock. The talented young songwriter seems ready to burst out into something noisier, and he gets that chance with Desaparecidos. On Read Music/Speak Spanish, the band rocks out with more of an emo edge, typified by blaring guitars and raging vocals. With fellow Omaha guitarist/songwriter Denver Dalley, bassist Landon Hedges, keyboardist Ian McElroy, and drummer Matt Baum (Baum and McElroy have toured with Bright Eyes, while Hedges plays in labelmate the Good Life), the group critiques American materialism and consumerism. Songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kenyon Hopkin
With Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst wears his languishing heart on his sleeve, channeling his most personal emotions via intense acoustic-based indie rock. The talented young songwriter seems ready to burst out into something noisier, and he gets that chance with Desaparecidos. On Read Music/Speak Spanish, the band rocks out with more of an emo edge, typified by blaring guitars and raging vocals. With fellow Omaha guitarist/songwriter Denver Dalley, bassist Landon Hedges, keyboardist Ian McElroy, and drummer Matt Baum (Baum and McElroy have toured with Bright Eyes, while Hedges plays in labelmate the Good Life), the group critiques American materialism and consumerism. Songs such as "Greater Omaha" and "Mall of America" resonate with sincerity, while Oberst's vocals quiver and scream about money and society. With such a convincing voice, there's never a time when his lyrics are less than earnest. This debut full-length was recorded in one week, which, as a result, adds to its unabashed rawness.
Spin Magazine - Andrew Beaujon
Omaha's Desaparecidos may have an emo demigod -- 22-year-old Conor "Bright Eyes" Oberst -- for a frontman, but on their debut album, they're too busy cursing the chain stores bleeding the life from their hometown to get bogged down in image control.... While his bandmates churn like Dinosaur Jr. tearing the roof off a Best Buy. [9 out of 10]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Saddle Creek
  • UPC: 648401004229
  • Catalog Number: 42
  • Sales rank: 93,960

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Desaparecidos Primary Artist
Landon Hedges Bass, Vocals
Conor Oberst Guitar, Vocals
Matt Baum Drums
Denver Dalley Guitar
Ian McElroy Keyboards
Technical Credits
David Dondero Executive Producer
Mike Mogis Engineer
Doug Van Sloun Mastering
Zack Nipper Artwork
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