Cassadaga (Album)


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  • Presto! Recording Studios - Lincoln,
  • New York City,
  • Portland

Cassadaga is an album by the band Bright Eyes. It was released in April 2007.

Album Title

The album is named after the place in Cassadaga Florida. The small town is a center for spiritualism ( the belief in contact with spirits of the dead).

Recording and Artwork

The album was recorded during the year 2006 in the Presto! Studios in Lincoln, Nebraska and in other studios in New York City and Portland. Producer was as with many Bright Eyes albums before Mike Mogis, who is out even as a permanent member since 2005.

The artwork is by Zack Nipper. It contains hidden proverbs in different languages ​​(including English, Russian, Greek and Portuguese), which can be visualized using a decoder. For the artwork, there was the 2008 Grammy Award in the category Best Recording Package.


The album debuted at # 4 on the Billboard 200, a - the best to date chart placement of a Bright Eyes album. In the first week it reached 58,000 sales in the United States.

In other countries the album in the album charts reaching top rankings (compare Chartbox ).


Cassadaga was reacted favorably by critics. So it was at four out of five points. The English Rolling Stone awarded four out of five points and also listed the album later on place 12 of the best albums of the year 2007 of the Rolling Stone.

Other critics judgments are, for example, a 6 out of 10 in Pitchfork Media or four out of five points at Allmusic.

In the German music magazine Visions Cassadaga receives an average of ten reviews of the grade 8 12 Dennis Plauk but writes in his review: Conor [ Oberst ] remains room for improvement. Compared with " Wide Awake ... " is " Cassadaga " the worse album [ ... ].

Title list

( All songs written by Conor Oberst unless otherwise indicated. )

The songs Four Winds (as EP) and Hot Knives / If The Brakeman Turns My Way (both on a single ) were released from the album.

Musician list

Since Bright Eyes is mainly the project of Conor Oberst, the cast of musicians often changing from album to album. However, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott have become full members of the band since about 2005.

  • Conor Oberst - vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer
  • Mike Mogis - guitar, bass, pedal steel, vocals, lap steel, mandolin, dobro, percussion, vibraphone, 12 -string guitar, baritone ukulele, glockenspiel
  • Nate Walcott - organ, piano, string arrangement, e- piano, orchestral arrangement, Woodwinds Arrangement
  • M. Ward
  • Clark Baechle
  • Stacy DuPree
  • Sherri DuPree
  • Z Berg
  • Rachael Yamagata
  • Hassan Lemtouni
  • Suzie Katayama
  • Bill Meyers
  • Dan McCarthy
  • Jonathan Crawford
  • Dan Bitney
  • Dan Fliegel
  • David Moyer
  • Brian Walsh
  • Shane Aspegren
  • Sarah Wass
  • Myka Miller
  • Stefanie Drootin
  • Jake Bellows