One of the things that struck Oberst as he and the band went through twenty-plus years of music is that he may in fact have been writing the†same song this whole time. Not sonically, of course, but conceptually. This last wave contains, in Noise Floor, early Bright Eyes songs so raw†Oberst never even released them back in the day, as well as, in Cassadaga and The Peopleís Key, the bandís most polished and sophisticated†albums. When Bright Eyes toured Cassadega they performed an epic 7 sold-out nights at NYCís Town Hall. Whatís more grown-up rock-star than that? And yet ...ďThematically those early songs are not that different than the songs I make now,Ē Oberst says, shaking his head.†ďThereís something affirming and disheartening about it. Itís like, have I really changed or grown? But maybe itís just that I knew what I†wanted to write about from the beginning."