Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova, "One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels"

69 Billboard Rating

The reissue of Bright Eyes & Neva Dinova's 2004 split EP, "One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels," boasts four new songs that were recorded when the Nebraskan groups reconvened in 2009. (The set features the first new music from Bright Eyes since 2007 album "Cassadaga.") When first released, "One Jug of Wine, Two Vessels" offered a healthy dose of modern-day folk. But the newly added tracks are more ambitious and don't quite mesh with the originals. Neva Dinova dabbles in new extremes, as heard on "Rollerskating," which swells with bright instrumentation, while "Someone's Love" explores darker tones. Bright Eyes, meanwhile, expands its often-acoustic delivery on "Happy Accident" and "I Know You." The contributions from the Conor Oberst-fronted group are rich, full arrangements that were only hinted at on Bright Eyes' previous material. And although the new music is strong, its departure from the original EP is difficult to get past.

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