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  • Summary: Conor Oberst's latest solo album is the first to be credited with The Mystic Valley Band.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 25
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  1. In short, arguably for the first time, Oberst gives us an album rife with liveliness--and it sounds like he had a damn good time making it.
  2. It remains to be seen whether this is a long-term diversion for Oberst. But if the Mystic Valley Band is just a brief stop, it's a hugely enjoyable one all the same. [Jun 2009, p.129]
  3. Oberst himself seems swept up in the motion--he's dropped his vocal affectations, his grandiose couplets, he's happy to be leading a group that feels like a band of brothers--one that might not always sing in the same voice, but share a sensibility, something that gives Outer South a big human heart.
  4. Outer South is a decently stocked serving of rambling, saloon-joint alt-country, but one that finds the freewheeling Oberst and band in need of a little focus.
  5. 60
    It mostly works: Shave a couple of the non-Conor tracks and it'd sit comfortably with his best.
  6. It feels a little too soon for this overstuffed, 16-song collection where Oberst's cutting social commentary is dropped into a maelstrom of charging guitars and barroom backing vocals.
  7. Too often it feels as if they’re all going through the motions, opting to play it safe, while Oberst himself seems bored and uninterested.

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  1. SAm
    May 12, 2009
    5
    Boring!