Outer South - Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band
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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  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. Minor criticisms aside, however, Outer South is an enjoyable, relaxed album that contains some of Oberst's best work.
  3. 80
    Decamping to Mexico with a gang of musician friends and collaborating in songwriting as well as performance has made for Conor Oberst's most colourful, upbeat record so far. [Jun 2009, p.100]
  4. The band's contributions are low points on this 16-track epic, but Oberst proves as iconoclastic as ever.
  5. 60
    The resulting LP is a shambling, intermittently engaging sprawl, the songs jammed with verbiage, the lead vocals spread among the principals, most of whom make Oberst's frayed, wobbly singing seem Bono-esque by comparison. The LP's saving grace is the dexterous playing of the ensemble. [Jun 2009, p.95]
  6. The result is an album that's unfortunately baggy and sodden with filler, which could have benefited from a little less camaraderie and a little more revision.
  7. Outer South is too long, too uninteresting, and too uninspired to be anything better than not good at all.

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  1. SAm
    May 12, 2009
    5
    Boring!