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This review is from: The People's Key (Audio CD)
The BBC review is a bit of a put-down but equally as nerdish as those who consider Oberst some kind of philosophical genius. Unlike some previous albums, this can be taken on different levels. It has good tunes, interesting (if pretentious, as usual) lyrics and a slick production. The standard pop song lover will enjoy the catchy 'Shell Games' and 'Beginner's Mind'. The more 'discerning' listener will like all except the embarassing opening and ending crap. Why can't this be given seperate track status so that I can avoid it? It loses a star rating from me. Pity. The rest was great.