The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAUREN MUR­PHY

Upside Down Moun­tain None­such Records ★★★★ Noth­ing if not pro­lific, Conor Oberst has spent his en­tire ca­reer record­ing, col­lab­o­rat­ing and re­leas­ing an im­pres­sive vol­ume of mu­sic, most fa­mously as Bright Eyes and more re­cently as part of Mon­sters of Folk. The Ne­braskan’s lat­est solo ef­fort is a fine il­lus­tra­tion of his lyri­cal and melodic prow­ess. There’s a good bal­ance of forth­right full-band tracks that nod to 1970s Lau­rel Canyon folk-pop (Zigzag­ging To­wards the Light, Kick) and re­flec­tive acous­tic ma­te­rial (the del­i­cate flut­ter of Ar­ti­fact #1), while lines such as “I’m so bored with my life, but I’m still afraid to die” and tracks such as You Are Your Mother’s Child ex­hibit Oberst’s gift for sto­ry­telling. With har­monised back­ing vo­cals from Swedish sis­ters First Aid Kit on sev­eral songs, this is a charm­ingly well-rounded al­bum. conoroberst. com Down­load: Kick, Zigzag­ging To­wards the Light

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