Letting Off the Happiness
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Letting Off the Happiness
Letting Off the Happiness
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Studio album by Bright Eyes
Released November 2, 1998 (US)
Recorded March 1997-March 1998
Studio Conor Oberst's basement,
Omaha, NE
Chase Park Transduction,
Athens, GA
Length 57:02
Label Saddle Creek (US)
Producer Mike Mogis
Bright Eyes chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media(6.8/10) Pitchfork review

Letting Off the Happiness is the second album released by the indie rock band Bright Eyes. The album was released on November 2, 1998. It was the first release by Bright Eyes to feature and be produced by Mike Mogis, now a permanent member of the band. A vinyl re-release of the album was included in the Bright Eyes Vinyl Box Set in 2012. Guest musicians include members of Cursive (band), Tilly and the Wall, as well as Elephant 6 collective's Neutral Milk Hotel and Of Montreal.

This album is the 23rd release of Saddle Creek Records.

Track listing

All tracks written by Conor Oberst.

1."If Winter Ends"3:25
2."Padraic My Prince"3:48
3."Contrast and Compare"3:57
4."The City Has Sex"2:11
5."The Difference in the Shades"4:23
7."June on the West Coast"3:34
8."Pull My Hair"4:10
9."Empty Canyon, Empty Canteen" (Japanese bonus track)2:46
10."A Poetic Retelling of an Unfortunate Seduction"4:24
11."Tereza and Tomas" (ends at 5:35, followed by guitar drone. "Contrast and Compare (Version)" (4:48) begins at 20:58.)25:46


  • Conor Oberst - vocals; guitar (1-5, 7-10); acoustic drums, electric drums (3); keyboards (6); piano (10)
  • Mike Mogis - atmospheric noises (2); pedal steel (3, 5, 8, 9); melodica, air organ (3); country guitar (4); keyboards (4, 6, 9); electric drums (8); organs (9); piano, bowed chimes (10); recording (2, 3, 10); mixing, mastering
  • Matt Maginn - bass (2)
  • Matt Focht - drums (2); percussion (10)
  • Matt Oberst - guitar (3)
  • Neely Jenkins - vocals (3, 8)
  • Andy LeMaster - vocals (4, 8); percussion (4); bass (5); lead guitar (8); recording, engineering (4, 5, 6, 9)
  • Jeremy Barnes - drums (4, 5, 6, 9); percussion (4); broken keyboards (6); accordion (9)
  • Kevin Barnes - Rhodes keyboard (5); angelic background vocals (9)
  • Ted Stevens - sloppy drums (8)
  • Aaron Druery - ebow bass (10)
  • Robb Nansel - finger cymbals (10)

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