Sunday, April 19, 2009

Review: Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band- Outer South

Four out of Five Stars.
Less than a year after Conor Oberst ditched his "Bright Eyes" moniker to record a solo album he's back with a
 whole new set of tunes. There's no big changes in the Oberst songs but the big change in this record is the addition
 of songs written and sung by Oberst's
 band mates. To put it bluntly, these songs are not very good and just have no place on the album. Conor Oberst is questionably one of the best lyricists of our generation and he should be the one writing the songs in this band. But ultimatley, the songs that are written by Oberst on the album are spectacular. From the opening rocker "Slowly (oh so slowly)"  to the moving "White Shoes" Oberst covers a plethera of subjects and produces some songs that may some day be considerd in his best work. The standout track is "Ten Women" a moving acoustic piece that definatly supports the "his generations Dylan" idea. Though i'll find myself skipping the bands tracks on this one it's a great example of why Conor Oberst is one of the great singer-songwriters going right now.

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