CONOR OBERST

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Ru­mi­na­tions ★★★★ None­such

Ru­mi­na­tions evolved out of a pe­riod of deep re­flec­tion amidst health is­sues for Conor Oberst, and was writ­ten and recorded while snow­bound and re­cu­per­at­ing in his home place of Omaha, Ne­braska. Much of the record is about ill­ness; phys­i­cal, (Tachy­car­dia), or po­lit­i­cal, (the bril­liant A Lit­tle Un­canny, which thumbs its nose at the Rea­gan-era, draw­ing par­al­lels with to­day and the malaise that is cur­rently sweep­ing Amer­ica; namecheck­ing writ­ers and thinkers such as the late Christo­pher Hitchens and Oliver Sacks, their ab­sence mak­ing ev­ery morn­ing “a desert”).

Bar­bary Coast (Later) and

the po­etic The Rain Fol­lows the Plow bring to mind Leonard Co­hen and Neil Young. The clos­ing song, Till St. Dym­phna Kicks Us Out, is a beau­ti­ful part­ing glass, ref­er­enc­ing the cosy pub in NYC East Vil­lage. conoroberst.com

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