The People's Key

OOO Universal Music
Release date
14 Feb 2011
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Firewall 7:14 59,288
2 Shell Games 3:55 101,005
3 Jejune Stars 4:10 70,617
4 Approximate Sunlight 4:21 57,400
5 Haile Selassie 4:31 57,400
6 A Machine Spiritual (In the People's Key) 4:20 48,161
7 Triple Spiral 3:47 50,648
8 Beginner's Mind 3:53 49,394
9 Ladder Song 3:56 58,748
10 One for You, One for Me 6:37 48,322

About this album

The People’s Key is an album by Bright Eyes, the Nebraska band of Conor Oberst, Nate Walcott, and Mike Mogis. The album was recorded in Omaha, NE at ARC Studios, produced by Mogis, and engineered by Mogis and Andy LeMaster. The album was released on February 15, 2011, Conor Oberst’s birthday, on Saddle Creek Records.[1]

The album features guest artists Andy LeMaster of Now It’s Overhead, Matt Maginn of Cursive, Carla Azar of Autolux, Clark Baechle of The Faint, Shane Aspegren of The Berg Sans Nipple, Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds, and Denny Brewer of Refried Ice Cream.[3]

1. “Firewall” 7:17
2. “Shell Games” 3:56
3. “Jejune Stars” 4:10
4. “Approximate Sunlight” 4:25
5. “Haile Selassie” 4:33
6. “A Machine Spiritual (In the People’s Key)” 4:20
7. “Triple Spiral” 3:51
8. “Beginner’s Mind” 3:55
9. “Ladder Song” 3:58
10. “One for You, One for Me

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  • HighOnSunday51

    This is a beautiful, spiritual, moving album that holds a deep please in my heart. I don't care what anyone says, it's one of the best albums Conor has ever made.

    24 May 5:55pm Reply
  • transparentman

    it's okay. not much durability though

    18 May 3:09am Reply
  • Emtay13

    By far his best abum musically and lyrically

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • sk8m8trix

    This is the best Bright Eyes album in my opinion, I hate how so many people gave it such bad rep :(

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • affectionately4

    wonderful piece of art.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • therhapsody

    This is one of the most spiritual albums that I know. Seven Swans still takes the cake, though.

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ms_creep

    definitely best of 2011

    25 Jul 2011 Reply
  • aterreno

    really starting to like a few songs from this last album after the great gig at Royal Albert Hall. He's still a good guy.

    25 Jun 2011 Reply
  • forablueguitar

    I really like this album, not his best, but if it is the last one then it's a really good note to bow out on.

    10 Jun 2011 Reply
  • welearntolive

    this is the album i've been waiting for all my life.

    7 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Antiquarium

    His name is Denny Brewer.

    27 Feb 2011 Reply
  • bodhiblythe

    Superb album! Does anyone know who the man is that narrates between tracks?

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • TheHochhaus

    can't find it in me. What a pitty. am going on to try it although cause bright eyes once was kind of a hero for me.

    22 Feb 2011 Reply
  • FadingStar89

    i'm impressed. i didn't expect it to be this good. it's probably the best bright eyes album at all. well, in my opinion of course...

    20 Feb 2011 Reply
  • chpipes

    FUCK pitchfork. this album is great.

    18 Feb 2011 Reply
  • From24C

    Mystic Valley Band meets Digital Ash. Fucking YES.

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • trailways


    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Audiobinge

    Nice way to put the moniker to rest, and I feel this is the end. It's like if Cassadaga and Digital Ash had a baby.

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Lowbacca

    3.5/5 after first listen and a few days of contemplating. some really outstanding tracks here. however this is almost certainly a grower, loads to discover and to learn to love. already locating itself a few emotional miles beyond CASSADEGA and any oberst stuff post-CASSADEGA. in short: loving it!

    4 Feb 2011 Reply
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