18. "Something Vague"
Album: Fevers and Mirrors Year Recorded: 2000
"Now and again it seems worse than it is / But mostly the view is accurate," Conor Oberst meditates. "Something Vague" paints an incredibly bleak outlook on life as the lyrics go on to describe the monotonous lifestyle some of us succumb to. The lyrics get even more grim, but all of this is balanced by the slow-building acoustics. Like many Bright Eyes songs, it suddenly explodes as Oberst exhaustively voices frustration. But soon after Oberst makes an epiphany, everything is suddenly silenced. You can almost feel the weight lifted from his shoulders as he, barely audible, sings the last few lines of the song.