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The Best Bright Eyes Albums, Ranked

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We're ranking the best Bright Eyes albums of all time. One of the best indie bands from Nebraska, Bright Eyes's discography features several popular songs, like "Lua" and "Take It Easy (Love Nothing)." What is the greatest Bright Eyes album ever?

From their debut album A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997 to their 2011 album The People's Key, this list of Bright Eyes albums also includes Cassadaga, Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, and I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning.

Vote up the best Bright Eyes albums, and vote down the ones that were disappointing.

  • I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
    Photo: Saddle Creek (LBJ-72)

    1. At the Bottom of Everything
    2. We Are Nowhere and It's Now
    3. Old Soul Song (For the New World Order)
    4. Lua
    5. Train Under Water
    6. First Day of My Life
    7. Another Travelin' Song
    8. Land Locked Blues
    9. Poison Oak
    10. Road to Joy

    Pitchfork score: 8.7
     

    • Release Date: 2005
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  • Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground
    Photo: Saddle Creek (LBJ-46)

    1. The Big Picture
    2. Method Acting
    3. False Advertising
    4. You Will. You? Will. You? Will. You? Will.
    5. Lover I Don't Have to Love
    6. Bowl of Oranges
    7. Don't Know When But a Day Is Gonna Come
    8. Nothing Gets Crossed Out
    9. Make War
    10. Waste of Paint
    11. From a Balance Beam
    12. Laura Laurent
    13. Let's Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)

    Pitchfork score: 7.7
     

    • Release Date: 2002
    29
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  • Fevers and Mirrors
    Photo: Saddle Creek (LBJ-32)

    1. A Spindle, a Darkness, a Fever, and a Necklace
    2. A Scale, a Mirror and Those Indifferent Clocks
    3. The Calendar Hung Itself...
    4. Something Vague
    5. The Movement of a Hand
    6. Arienette
    7. When the Curious Girl Realizes She Is Under Glass
    8. Haligh, Haligh, a Lie, Haligh
    9. The Center of the World
    10. Sunrise, Sunset
    11. An Attempt to Tip the Scales
    12. A Song to Pass the Time

    Pitchfork score: 9.0
     

    • Release Date: 2000
    27
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  • Letting Off the Happiness
    Photo: Saddle Creek (LBJ-23)

    1. If Winter Ends
    2. Padraic My Prince
    3. Contrast and Compare
    4. The City Has Sex
    5. The Difference in the Shades
    6. Touch
    7. June on the West Coast
    8. Pull My Hair
    9. Empty Canyon, Empty Canteen
    10. A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction
    11. Tereza and Tomas

    Pitchfork score: 6.8
     

    • Release Date: 1998
    20
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