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  • Summary: This B-sides, rarities and covers compiliations includes 16 Conor Oberst tracks of varying fidelity from the past eight years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. These B sides and studio ephemera, by turns folksy and noisy, demonstrate his appeal. [27 Oct 2006, p.73]
  2. Noise Floor is a smattering of moods and modes all tied together by Oberst’s love-it-or-loathe-it voice.
  3. Half of the fun of this collection is watching Oberst working out his dead ends. [#15]
  4. It has some nice tracks, some experiments and more than a few keepers, and, yes, it’s almost exclusively a fan-only proposition.
  5. 60
    Sometimes enthralling, sometimes throwaway. [Nov 2006, p.120]
  6. Part of the problem is that faced with a performer as low-fi and minimal as Conor Oberst in the first place, many of the unfinished demos presented here, such as I Will Be Grateful This Day and Seashell Tale, sound much, much too thin.
  7. It shows little of Oberst’s usual dramatic flair.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Oct 1, 2013
    I really can't believe this is a B-sides album. I absolutely love Bright Eyes and everything else Conor has done but this is my favorite album by far. The songs are all so different but still flow so well together. A hauntingly beautiful CD. Expand
  2. NashaCrablegs
    Dec 28, 2006
    beautiful, one of my favourite bands of all time.
  3. drewc
    Apr 19, 2007
    these are b-sides??? there are a couple duds (mainly the earliest stuff) but i think very few artists can create non-album tracks this good. his song writing amazes me! Expand
  4. KileyL
    Nov 10, 2006
    yeah, ryan adams, 3 in 2005.
  5. JeremyF
    Apr 12, 2007
    Not his best, but a few fantastic songs. um... yeah, Kevin. Bryan Adams is a great example. And Isobel Campbell... two in one year. Both exceptional.
  6. KevinK
    Oct 29, 2006
    hey todd i guess you forgot about him releasing two albums in one year. can you name any other songwriters who have done that recently?
  7. ToddW
    Oct 24, 2006
    There's nothing that indicates artistic indifference towards one's audience more than cleaning out your song closet for mass consumption. All under the guise that it is somehow rare new music, worthy for our ever-eager ears. Yet that's precisely what Oberst does with this pile of literal musical crapola. There's nothing on here that is even remotely up to par with his recent work, therefore money must be tight in Bright Eyes bank account. I'm wide awake, Connor, and this noise floors me for your audacity. Expand

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