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  • Summary: This is the solo debut for Irishman Conor J. O'Brien, a member of the rock band The Immediate who split up in 2007.
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  1. Astonishing new album from ex-Immediate wunderkind.
  2. 80
    O'Brien sees dead people, spits at love, puts himself inside the heads of fellow bus passengers and defies anyone to categorise his music. It's a rich experience making the attempt though. [Jul 2010, p.92]
  3. Rather like that other, more famous, Conor - Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame - there's a sense of foundations being laid, in preparation for a career of real longevity. Hop on now, for this promises to be quite a ride.
  4. There's depth, sincerity and beauty in abundance here.
  5. Every word on the album rings honest and true without any indulgent dips in over-sentimentality.
  6. If you set aside some uninspired, cryptic-as-poetic moody fantasy lyrics (and a few forgettable songs truly as slight as whispers), Becoming a Jackal reveals a hidden stash of imminently memorable melodies.
  7. It all adds up to an imtimate album--not overly produced, but fairly epic in scope. [Summer 2010, p.86]

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  1. Jul 28, 2011
    10
    Definitely the album of the year, and if he manages to produce another album of anything close to the haunting beauty of this one, he will become a legend. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2010
    10
    This is a hauntingly beautiful album. I would absolutely recommend this album to anyone despite their taste in music, normally i wouldn't have patience for anything even remotely folksy but i genuinely think this is something rather special. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    9
    Really fantastic album. One of the best of 2010, and that's really saying something with the excellent albums out this year by Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, and The National. This guy has a lovely, soft, delicate voice that goes well with his folk-rock arrangements. The music is beautiful. He reminds me of a mixture of Conor Oberst and Elvis Perkins. Expand
  4. Jun 19, 2012
    8
    Have to say I really like this record. Of it's 11 tracks there are only a couple of dull numbers. The sound is predominantly quite mellow, with mainly gently delivered vocals, piano and acoustic guitars. The songwriting is excellent for the most part. I would say your better off hearing this record without hearing its creator, Conor O Brien talk. If he was a hamburger he'd eat himself. A bit like the way Bono turns a lot of people off of U2, COB had a similar effect for me. Still, this is good stuff. Collapse