"Hundreds of Ways"

Mr. Bright Eyes drops country signifiers all over this tune from his first record in three years: Sun Studios slap-back rhythm guitar, lap steel, allusions to Carolina rhinestones and Bakersfield cash. But he isn't aiming for outlaw mystique so much as homey Grateful Dead-like equanimity that's rooted in foggy wisdom and sidelong advice.

From The Archives Issue 1204: March 13, 2014