Letting Off the Happiness

Letting Off the Happiness

Infobox Album | Name = Letting Off the Happiness
Type = Album
Artist = Bright Eyes

Released = November 2 1998 (US)
Recorded = Mar 1997-Mar 1998
Genre = Indie folk
Length = 57:02
Label = Saddle Creek (US) LBJ-23
Producer = Mike Mogis
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:oueyxdyb2olg link]
*Pitchfork (6.8/10) [http://pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/15669/Bright_Eyes_Letting_Off_the_Happiness link]
Last album = "A Collection of Songs Written and Recorded 1995-1997" (1998)
This album = "Letting Off the Happiness" (1998)
Next album = "Fevers and Mirrors" (2000) |

"Letting Off the Happiness" is the second album released by Nebraskan musicians Bright Eyes. The album was released on November 2, 1998. A vinyl re-release of the album was included in the Bright Eyes Vinyl Box Set. Guest musicians include members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Tilly and the Wall, and Of Montreal.

This album is the 23rd release of Saddle Creek Records.

Track listing

#"If Winter Ends" – 3:25
#*Conor Oberst - Vocals, Guitar.
#*Mike Mogis - Production.
#"Padraic My Prince" – 3:48
#*Conor Oberst - Vocals, Guitar.
#*Mike Mogis - Production, Noise.
#*Matt Maginn - Bass.
#*Matt Focht - Drums.
#"Contrast and Compare" – 3:57
#*Conor Oberst - Vocals, Guitar, Drums (Acoustic and Electronic).
#*Mike Mogis - Production, Guitar, Pedal Steel, Melodica, Air Organ.
#*Matt Oberst - Guitar.
#*Neely Jenkins - Vocals.
#"The City Has Sex" – 2:11
#*Conor Oberst - Guitar, Vocals.
#*Andy Lemaster - Production, Vocals, Percussion.
#*Jeremy Barnes - Drums, Percussion.
#*Mike Mogis - Country Guitar, Keyboards.
#"The Difference in the Shades" – 4:23
#*Conor Oberst - Vocals, Guitar.
#*Andy Lemaster - Production, Bass.
#*Mike Mogis - Pedal Steel.
#*Jeremy Barnes - Drums.
#*Kevin Barnes - Rhodes.
#"Touch" – 3:42
#*Conor Oberst - Keyboards, Vocals.
#*Andy Lemaster - Production.
#*Jeremy Barnes - Drums, Keyboards.
#*Mike Mogis - Keyboards.
#"June on the West Coast" – 3:34
#*Conor Oberst - Guitar, Vocals.
#*Mike Mogis - Production.
#"Pull My Hair" – 4:10
#*Conor Oberst - Guitar, Vocals.
#*Andy Lemaster - Vocals, Guitar.
#*Ted Stevens - Drums.
#*Mike Mogis - Production, electric drums, Pedal steel.
#*Neely Jenkins - Vocals.
#"Empty Canyon, Empty Canteen" (Japanese bonus track) - 2:47
#*Conor Oberst - Guitar, Vocals.
#"A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction" – 4:24
#*Conor Oberst - Guitar, Vocals.
#*Andy Lemaster - Production.
#*Mike Mogis - Production, Pedal Steel, Keyboards/Organs.
#*Jeremy Barnes - Drums, Accordion.
#*Kevin Barnes - Vocals.
#"Tereza and Tomas" – 25:46
#*Conor Oberst - Guitar, Vocals, Piano.
#*Mike Mogis - Piano, "Chimes or Some Shit".
#*Matt Focht - Percussion.
#*Aaron Druery - Ebow Bass
#*Robb Nansel - Finger Cymbals.


*The closing track, "Tereza and Tomas" borrows from Milan Kundera's novel, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being".
*After the conclusion of "Tereza and Tomas", there is around 15 minutes of drone before an alternate version of "Contrast and Compare" appears.
*"Contrast and Compare" is remixed by Her Space Holiday, with whom Bright Eyes released a split.

External links

* [http://saddle-creek.com Saddle Creek Records]

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