20. "False Advertising"
Album: Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Groud Year Recorded: 2002
Elliott Smith isn't the only notoriously depressing indie artist that can pull off a good waltz. "False Advertising" sees Conor at his most sardonic in an almost-playful-but-not-really kind of way, and all over a beautiful arrangement of marching drums and strings that sound almost too perfect under the shaky vocals. From rootsy acoustic to glitchy electronic, Bright Eyes can pull off a diverse set of styles comfortably, but "False Advertising" finds the band in one of their most interesting settings. And it works surprisingly well.