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Conor Oberst, adrift

Last year I was pleasantly surprised by the release of Cassadaga, which debuted a more mature, constrained Conor Oberst (recording as Bright Eyes). Conor Oberst's self-titled album, made without producer Mike Mogis, is stripped down, lacking the complex instrumental arrangements featured in every Bright Eyes album since I'm wide awake, it's morning. And if Cassadaga was an album about finding a strange sort of inner peace, Conor Oberst displays a new tide of responsibility and regret. In Danny Callahan, the repeated question is "How are you getting on alone?" and the song features lyrics such as:
Some wander the wilderness,
some drink cosmopolitans.
Some cold science, some glean astroplanes.
I can't tell where the canvas stops,
homesick as an astronaut.
Just keep drifting, but still can't explain.
The album is thoughtful, but inconclusive - Oberst leaves listeners with a new list of questions left unanswered. If you're an eMusic junkie like me, it's available there for download - I'd recommend going for the whole album.

"Souled Out!!!" music video (I'm so glad he cut his hair...)

Conor Oberst - Get Well Cards [highly rec'd!]
Conor Oberst - Sausalito

from Four Winds [EP]:
Bright Eyes -Reinvent the Wheel

Conor Oberst's website
Bright Eyes' website/myspace

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