The first paragraph of Robin Hilton's introduction for the NPR Exclusive First Listen of Bright Eyes new album The People's Key should get any and all fans of Conor Oberst's various musical outlets extremely excited. So much so that we are just going to reprint it right here.
I won't mince words: This is the best record Bright Eyes has ever made. In fact, it's the best record the band's frontman, Conor Oberst, has ever been a part of. Publicists like to say as much any time an artist releases a new album, but in this case, it's actually true. The People's Key is a career-defining work of art.
While we can't vow for the accuracy of the above statement as we have yet to listen to the album ourselves, it certainly has our hopes up. Check out the stream below until the album is officially released February 15th.