Desaparecidos: "Read Music/Speak Spanish"
(Saddle Creek, June 30)
"Every rock generation needs a voice against the soul-destroying nature of social conformity, and this generation has at least two candidates in Grandaddy's Jason Lytle and Desaparecidos' Conor Oberst.... Oberst lashes out with punk-like sensibilities that feel fresh and smart."
-- Robert Hilburn
Bright Eyes: "Lifted or the Story Is in the Soil Keep Your Ear to the Ground"
(Saddle Creek, Aug. 12)
" ... A 73-minute assault filled with so many dazzling images and rhymes that you wonder whether his real name isn't Zimmerman. After all, he's from the Midwest and he tends to spit out his words the way a young Dylan did. There are times when this cocky young songwriter seems guilty of just showing off, but there's an independent spirit here that makes him exciting, indeed."
-- R. H.