The good news – if you are a Bright Eyes fan – is that Conor Oberst is another consistently good Oberst release, full of the same folky fervor and interesting songwriting that you've come to expect from the prolific 28-year-old artist. The album was recorded in rather rural conditions in Mexico with the Mystic Valley Band (which actually includes a couple of Bright Eyes vets – Nate Walcott & Jason Boesel. Songs like "Danny Callahan", "Get Well Cards" and the Dylan-goes-polka "I Don’t Want To Die (In The Hospital)" will hold up the Oberst/Bright Eyes legacy nicely.
He's a guy who's earned a reputation as alt-dom's soul with his thoughtful lyrics, but Oberst also has a knack for writing memorable melodies from time-to-time, which vaults him over many of his contemporaries.
Written by Dan Reed