Remastered by Bob Ludwig
2002's cornerstone Lifted or The Story Is In the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground, is easily one of the most significant releases from Conor Oberst and the notable cast of Bright Eyes players. Oberst's mainstay production team of Mike Mogis and Andy Lemaster (Now It's Overhead) lend performances on the record along with other noteworthy Omaha musicians including Todd and Clark Baechle (The Faint), Orenda Fink and Maria Taylor (Azure Ray), Matt Maginn and Clint Schnase (Cursive), and Jiha Lee (The Good Life). Oberst's incredible ability to tell stories with his songs and paint intricate pictures with his words here is reminiscent, without being derivative, of mid-period Dylan. And his gift for composing and delivering those songs is pure poetry. Oberst's genius is found in a pretense-free, orchestral approach to songwriting.
"By turning indie-folk into nonstop neurotic cabaret,Ooberst may have made the best album of his prodigious, prolific career." - SPIN