Conor Oberst’s new album is ‘Ruminations.’ It’s the seventh solo album from the artist known for his work with Bright Eyes and other bands. Critics are weighing in and can see a roundup of reviews here.
For an artist who is now only 36 years old, Omaha, Nebraska native Conor Oberst has an impressive body of work as both a distinctive songwriter — known for his intricate and emotionally powerful lyrics — as well a singer and a guitarist.
He got his start as an indie artist while still a young teen — self-releasing an album in 1994 — more than two decades ago. He began to draw notice and acclaim with Bright Eyes, a band he founded in 1995. He’s also known for his work with the Desaparecidos, as well as with Monsters Of Folk, a supergroup he co-founded. Now as we reach the late 2010s His influence in the indie folk world continues to grow.
His last album with Bright Eyes was five years ago, the critically acclaimed ‘The People’s Key’ of 2011. In the years that have followed he’s released two solo albums; most recently ‘Upside Down Mountain’ in 2014.
The new album ‘Ruminations’ is comprised of 10 tracks, in very much a stripped down, plaintive style, that puts the focus on the intensity of the songs and upon the singer himself. In a recent interview, he said of the songs, which he recorded at his home in Omaha, “I recorded them quick to get them down but then it just felt right to leave them alone.”
Now as the album arrives in full the critics are weighing in. Here’s a roundup of reviews.
“….Conor Oberst’s seventh LP is a refreshing renewal of the anxiety-ridden intimacy that marked his earliest work with Bright Eyes nearly 20 years ago – usually just Oberst accompanied by piano, a moody harmonica and some spare acoustic finger-picking. ….” –Rolling Stone
“…. Ruminations is simply a retreat from the polish that’s characterized his recent output. This could be seen as a direct response from the knock on his last several albums as Conor Oberst, that the strongest songwriting on those records is often muddied by overwrought production…..” –Consequence of Sound
“….Ruminations isn’t going to blow anyone away–it’s in the title–but it is a quiet addition to his substantial body of work and this thoughtful set of acoustic songs will certainly keep us warm as winter sets in….” –The Skinny
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see stream the album in its entirety here and check out Conor Oberst’s ‘Ruminations’ album cover art below and music videos.