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Conor Oberst

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  • Audio CD (28 Aug. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B001BSH22E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CONOR OBERST Conor Oberst (2008 UK 12-track CD album - This recording was made in Tepoztl?n Morelos M?xico [a place known for Aztec Magic and Extra-Terrestrial Sightings] during the months of January & February 2008. In a temporary studio created in a mountain villa called Valle M?stico at the outskirts of town together with a special band assembled for the recording known amongst themselves and to friends as The Mystic Valley Band Conor produced his first solo album in 13 years;including Souled Out!!! lyric/picture sleeve booklet)

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Format: Audio CD
Conor Oberst is the frontman, songwriter, guitarist, lyricist, mastermind, and pretty much everything else behind the alt country masterpiece of a band known as Bright Eyes. This is unlikely to be news to anyone. However, this is Conor Oberst's fourth solo album to be released, and I'll be honest with you I didn't even know he had any previous solo work - such is the rarity of the older work. They were never released on CD, but on cassettes in limited stock.

I'm a huge fan of Bright Eyes; from the country stuff to the more indie mainstream stuff, I love the lot. However, I found myself writhing a bit with their last release Cassadaga. It wasn't that the music was bad, it was the level of production that had seemingly made it's way onto the album. I've always loved the raw folky sound, and the whiney vocals accompanying to dramatic affect. With this release you see Conor Oberst doing a more stripped down show yet again, very reminiscent of 'I'm Wide Awake it's Morning'. The album contains his more countryish, acoustic pieces accompanied by his beautiful, knowledgable lyrics. Opening song 'Cape Carnaveral' is simply stunning.

If you're a Bright Eyes fan, then this review will have made no difference to you whatsoever, I'm sure you'll just get it. If you're new to the world of Conor Oberst, then you really can't go wrong with this album. Think Ryan Adams crossed with Elliott Smith, and you'll understand what you're getting. Honest lyrics, soaring acoustic guitar chords, and in depth stories creating a superb return to the solo stand.
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I enjoy this album a lot, mostly because i really enjoy Conor Oberst's songwriting. However I would recommend this album to listeners who are not entirely familiar with Conor Oberst's songwriting, as it is simple display of Conor's songwriting talents without attempting to push any boundaries, or over-simplifying the music.

I would say this album provides a typical mix of his songs written in his typical pop/country manner, combined with full on country numbers like "I Don't Wanna Die (In The Hospital)" and folk/acoustic tracks like "Milk Thistle". If you have listened to say, Radiohead, Oasis and Bob Dylan, and could imagine a cross between all three, then this is your thing.

Oberst's lyrics can be natural and confessional like on Moab ("You can't break out of a circle you never knew you were in"..."There's nothing that the road cannot heal") and Milk Thistle ("If I go to Heaven I'll be bored as Hell, like a crying baby at the bottom of a well"). But he shows a more ambiguous, analgous and story-teller side too, on tracks like Danny Callahan ("Western medicine couldn't save Danny Callahan etc"). In my opinion this versatility provides old and new Oberst fans something, and I would definitely recommend it.
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Shades of Paul Simon, the Doors, Lou Reed and perhaps Dylan. This is an album that creeps up on you until you feel you have grown up with the gentle lilt of, for example, Cape Canaveral - Oberst's music seems to have been around forever but strangely it is new.
How he is not a world-wide phenomenon beats me; maybe he just can't be rushed?
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I was browsing through the Bright Eyes section in my local FOPP when the helpful young lady suggested this might be more to my taste as it had "less of the whiny teenage bedroom navel gazing" than the stuff he does with the band. She was right in that after a few jarring listens to Cassadaga it was dispatched to Oxfam.
This is better for sure. I'm not entirely convinced though. It takes more than a few references to the bible to make a Dylan.. there is also still quite a resemblence to the anodyne Al Stewart of the 70s. Nothing too embarassing to listen to (except maybe NY-gone, and the adolescent conch noises)-overall it lacks attitude, but scrapes into the collection for now at least.
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