11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
, May 19, 2014
This review is from: Upside Down Mountain (Audio CD)
An essential addition to the discography of Conor Oberst. Many of the songs on Upside Down Mountain were honed on the road over the last two years. Several of the songs such as "You Are Your Mothers Child," "Kick." "Common Knowledge," and "Lake at Night Unknown" may be familiar to most Oberst fans, yet each of those songs on Upside Down Mountain are newly recorded for this release. Over the years Conor Oberst has written some of the most inspiring songs and words that I have ever heard. This album is no exception. Each song becomes its own story that seems to come more alive with each listen. Not counting the previously mentioned four songs, "Desert Island Questionairre" has become my favorite track. It gives the listener a bit of a dark glimpse at the selfishness and destruction around us. The female backup vocals by his wife give a raw heartfelt emotion to the urgency of the song. There is a video online where at the end of the song, Conor says "that song was dark even for me." It's truly a great song. "Artifact #1" is a soft, hushing, ballad that moves you along through the tale of love, love lost and compromise. There is not one song on here that I wouldn't rave about. In the end, as I stated earlier this is truly an essential addition to your Conor Oberst collection.
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