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    4. "Waste Of Paint"

    Album: Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground Year Recorded: 2002

    Almost every Bright Eyes track centers around relationships—whether they be romantic or platonic—and the ways that they affect life. The distinct characters that Oberst is able to create and the intimate, subjective ways that he paints these people into his songs is part of what makes him such a beloved figure. His depiction of the artist here, the talented friend who is self-effacing about their art and their own existence, is a complicated issue, but Conor manages to unpack the complexity with a child-like innocence that cuts right to the core.