RUMINATIONS

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US singer-song­writer Conor Oberst’s ca­reer has weaved be­tween solo al­bums and a va­ri­ety of bands, the most no­table be­ing in­die rock out­fit Bright Eyes. Fol­low­ing 10 years in New York City, Oberst re­turned to his home town of Omaha, Ne­braska in the mid­dle of win­ter where he quickly crafted 10 new songs for his new solo ef­fort – Ruminations. Play­ing acous­tic gui­tar, har­mon­ica and pi­ano it’s cer­tainly an “un­plugged” al­bum; a sparse back­ing for Oberst’s emo­tive vo­cals. He sings of a frag­ile ex­is­tence on ‘Gos­samer Thin’ and, with a solo pi­ano back­ing, he re­calls a wild past on ‘The Rain Fol­lows The Plow’. There’s a folk char­ac­ter to much of th­ese tracks, notably ‘Next Of Kin’, with Oberst us­ing a sim­ple pi­ano and har­mon­ica back­ing, and there’s a mu­si­cal theatre qual­ity to ‘Tachy­car­dia’. Cer­tainly an in­tro­spec­tive al­bum for those quiet times.

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