For anyone who vastly prefers Bright Eyes’ stripped-down material to the overwrought moaning and emoting at the other end of the spectrum, Conor Oberst’s first non-Bright Eyes album will come as a long-awaited treat. Albeit crafted with what’s often a full band, the self-titled outing is all quivering, almost-dainty instrumentation topped with casually sung and slyly thoughtful lyrics. Under the auspices of the Mystic Valley Band, Oberst’s pals here are culled from the rosters of his Saddle Creek and... More >>>