Universal Music Romania
Release date
9 Apr 2007
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Clairaudients (Kill or Be Killed) 6:05 123,680
2 Four Winds 4:12 269,943
3 If the Brakeman Turns My Way 4:53 166,387
4 Hot Knives 4:10 170,911
5 Make a Plan to Love Me 4:11 164,292
6 Soul Singer in a Session Band 4:13 137,553
7 Classic Cars 4:16 141,919
8 Middleman 4:47 139,317
9 Cleanse Song 3:25 138,848
10 No One Would Riot for Less 5:10 145,001
11 Coat Check Dream Song 4:06 130,581
12 I Must Belong Somewhere 6:15 140,995
13 Lime Tree 5:54 121,384

About this album

Cassadaga is the seventh studio album by Bright Eyes, released on April 10, 2007. Around 25 to 30 songs were recorded in 2006,[2] with 13 of these appearing on the final track list. The album is named after the town of Cassadaga, Florida, a community of mediums and followers of spiritualism.

Z Berg of the Like, Sherri DuPree and Stacy DuPree of Eisley as well as solo artist Rachael Yamagata all appear on this album. The first single, “Four Winds” was released on March 6, 2007, from the Four Winds EP with five B-sides not on Cassadaga.

Cassadaga debuted at number four on the U.S Billboard 200, selling about 58,000 copies in its first week.[4] The album is the 103rd release of Saddle Creek Records. This album was #12 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.

Johnny Depp named Cassadaga one of his “favorite things” of 2007.

The first single from the album, “Four Winds” can be heard in the background briefly during the party scene in the 2008 film Cloverfield.


The CD and LP versions of the album come with a “Spectral Decoder” which allows users to see the true cover art on the album. One particular segment of text located on the back of the case includes a phrase in Russian; “тяните другую кровавую ванну” meaning “draw another bloody bath”, a reference to the first track’s lyrics. Another hidden phrase is in Greek; “παρελθόν παρουσιάζω μέλλον” meaning “the past presents the future”, which is also the title of an album by Her Space Holiday, with whom Bright Eyes released a split single.

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  • mordwyr

    The first time I listened to this album, I thought Bright Eyes was full of shit. My friend had recommended Bright Eyes to me, and when I told him I didn't care for the album, he almost cried. Dude, did you write the music? Then why the fuck do you care if I like it or not? Why are personally offended?

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • therhapsody

    So much 4:14

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • affectionately4

    this is a great album, clearly. but compared to all the other albums, compared to all the other work conor has done, this album just doesn't do it for me. but it's still a good album.

    8 Jul 2012 Reply
  • mchamlpin

    Out of the four or five albums of Conor's I've heard, this is by far my favorite.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • rtarabic

    Cassadaga is amazing. Up there with I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Fevers and Mirrors. But no matter how hard I try, I can't get into The People's Key. Sigh.

    8 Apr 2012 Reply
  • a-Me-with-a-You

    I find myself involuntarily shutting my eyes when the female background voice comes in

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ColorfulPage

    Great album! And that decoder thing is way too cool.

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Beef__Supreme

    Amazing lyrics, yes, but i don't like the alt-country sound.

    16 Oct 2011 Reply
  • realcuts

    i love u

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • diehappyx33

    I'll never understand all the hate for this album. This is some of Conor's best songwriting.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • forablueguitar

    The first Bright Eyes album I ever heard. Thank you Cassadaga.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Empty_Skies

    Criminally underrated. Nowhere near Connor's worst work, in fact I think you're looking at some of his best.

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Antiquarium

    My favourite Bright Eyes album.

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • foorn

    i never understand why people criticise Cassadaga so much. the more i listen, the more i appreciate. it has so much depth and intelligence

    11 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Waltz3

    This is either my favorite or second favorite Bright Eyes album.

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JJRamone

    I don't understand the hate. This is a great album. Four Winds is probably my favourite Bright Eyes song. Not to mention the amazing closing tracks.

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • PseudoHaptic

    People who are hating on this album are complete morons. This is definitely a great release - especially for the lyrics. Most of the songs have more of an alt-country sound than anything else, but it's a breath of fresh air.

    28 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Dogsgotabone

    Cant understand how people think this is bright eyes worst album. listen to the lyrics xx pricks

    24 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Lumsden20

    for some reason, the album cover reminds me of something you'd see on a pack of cigarettes. Specifically Camels.

    11 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Zopwx2

    this is pretty much the only bright eyes album I listen to

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
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