A Christmas Album

A Christmas Album

by Bright Eyes


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A Christmas Album

Originally issued in 2002 as a Saddle Creek store exclusive, the aptly titled Christmas Album begins with a piano, flute, ambient noise, and musical saw-driven version of "Away in a Manger," which will help weed out your basic yule jam fans who were just drawn in by the generic name, from the Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst disciples who know that the warmth of the holiday season is trumped only by its potential for melancholy. What follows is a sort of half-comforting, half-sad jamboree with Oberst and a small army of friends at his house playing through Christmas standards like "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem," the latter of which, when delivered with Oberst's trademark tremble, sounds more like a lament from a filthy, near-suicidal pauper locked outside of the city's walls than it does a hymn of ecclesiastical joy. That said, the fragile, homespun, and largely insular vibe that permeates much of the album, provides a nice bit of contrast to other, less sonically humble seasonal offerings, and oddly enough, is probably more aligned with the true spirit of the season.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Saddle Creek
UPC: 0648401019926
catalogNumber: 10199
Rank: 112915

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bright Eyes   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Katherine K. Davis   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Henry Onorati   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Andy LeMaster   Arranger
Mike Mogis   Arranger
Jay Johnson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stephen Pedersen   Arranger
Orenda Fink   Arranger
Maria Taylor   Arranger,Engineer
Jiha Lee   Arranger
Jake Bellows   Arranger
Blake Sennett   Arranger
Conor Oberst   Arranger,Engineer
Denver Dalley   Arranger
Neely Jenkins   Arranger
Gretta Cohn   Arranger
Stefanie Drootin   Arranger
Nick White   Arranger
Matt Oberst   Arranger
Billy Hayes   Composer
Macey Taylor   Arranger
Harry Rhoads   Back Cover Photo
Armand Costanzo   Arranger

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