By Erin Podolsky
Updated February 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST

Bright Eyes’ young Conor Oberst has a poet’s ear for life’s heartbreaking truths, while fellow Nebraskan band Son, Ambulance lob lovesick softballs like an irony-free Belle and Sebastian. The bands alternate tracks on this album with varying degrees of success — and though Son, Ambulance spend too much time on silly schoolboy crushes, Oberst more than makes up for it with his precociously mature lyrics. B+

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