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Conor Oberst

Conor Oberst Audio CD
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Conor Oberst released a solo album on August 5, 2008.

This recording was made in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México during the months of
January and February 2008. In Tepoztlán, a place known for Aztec Magic and
Extra-Terrestrial Sightings, a temporary studio was created in a mountain
villa called Valle Místico at the outskirts of town. It was produced ... Read more in Amazon's Conor Oberst Store

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,164 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Conor Oberst 7 Aug 2008
By J. Hull
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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4.0 out of 5 stars My take on this album. 15 Sep 2008
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No. 10 Aug 2008
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I'd disagree with the previous reviewer that this is "a more stripped down show yet again, very reminiscent of 'I'm Wide Awake it's Morning'." There are less of what I'd call simple yet profound songs, and more in your face, country music that almost makes you want to stand up and dance around in a big white tent. There's three of the former, at most.

I do agree with this fact though... 'Cape Canaveral' is simply stunning, and could literally make me cry. The last song too (Milk Thistle) is beautiful, and again really renders me speechless... And as Oberst blurts out "Up and Down" almost out of nowhere it's almost as if he's summing up the whole record. To me this is bitter sweet country folk encased either side with two simply sad songs. They alone are worth the price.

All in all if you're looking for a song like "First Day of my Life" there are three here at most, and they are all beautiful. The rest are more akin to something like "Another Travelling Song" off I'm Wide Awake...

It is for the most part fast and jaunty, and reminds me of some old American film with people dancing around in a bar or around a maypole... but it can't be faulted. I don't know what Connor meant it to be, but it feels like a manic trip. It feels so sad, yet by track 7 you want to just jump around... by track 12 you'll want to cry again. Then some more when it's over.
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