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As raw and emotionally direct as Oberst has ever sounded. Ruminations finds the singer/songwriter on his own for a set of stark and often unsettling folk—captured over two wintry days in his Nebraska home, following the discovery of a cyst on his brain. “They say a party can kill you,” he sings on “A Little Uncanny,” amid a blur of harmonica and brittle acoustic guitar. “Sometimes I wish it would.” 

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Just Wow!

Reminds me of the solitude of Dylan's first album. Just Conor with acoustic guitar, piano, and harmonica. Hands down one of the best songwriters of our generation.

He's built something sacred till the end.

The first day I heard this album I memorized every lyric to Mamah Borthwick and Barbary Coast and published tabs of them both online. The next day I watched him perform Next of Kin, St. Dymphna, and You All Loved Him Once in concert. It only took me until the last chord of St. Dymphna's to realize that this is possibly the best record he's every made. I own every Conor Oberst song from his first record, Water, to every Commander Venus, Desaparecidos, Bright Eyes, Mystic Valley Band, Monsters of Folk, Park Ave., and even Magnetas song that he's ever written, and I'm happy to admit that it is the perfect compromise. In Ruminations, Conor uses thoughtful, beautiful, and profound lyrics without the verbosity that received criticism in his early work. Raw, intimate, and incredibly original, Conor has taken elements of his recent solo work and combined it with the heartfeltness of the earlier Bright Eyes albums. The closest he has gotten to this kind of harmony has been "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning", and in a sense, Ruminations is a stripped down, matured shadow of that record. Although his recent solo work was fantastic and possibly the most fun music he's ever made, in the end, he is the master of the sad song, and it shows in Ruminations. I couldn't be more proud of him.

Singer not the song

I don't usually write reviews, I just read them. But I felt compelled to with this album. This is raw powerful emotion. Recorded in just 48 hours, this is real music. It's reminiscent of Dylan's despair on Blood on the Tracks. This is everything I've been waiting for. I've been a huge fan of Conor's since I was 16. Now I'm almost 30, his music has continued to grow with me. Incredible!


Born: February 15, 1980 in Omaha, NE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

With his trembling voice, acoustic guitar, and confessional approach to songwriting, Conor Oberst played an important role in shaping the lighter, intimate side of indie rock during the late '90s and beyond. His main project was Bright Eyes, an eclectic group of rotating musicians that vacillated between pop, folk, electronica, and country-rock. Although Oberst remained at the center of that band, he also logged time in a number of other outfits, including Commander Venus, the Magentas, Park Ave.,...
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