Fellow LxLer Austin wrote here earlier this week about how Conor Oberst’s Upside Down Mountain is a return to form of sorts, with the Omaha singer/songwriter utilizing his strengths and not worrying about his weaknesses. Now, we give you our 10 favorite Conor songs, regardless of project. That means Desaparecidos, Monsters of Folk, his solo work, and of course Bright Eyes, were all considered for this list. We also considered songs off of Upside Down Mountain, though due to our lack of a quality time with the album, none of the new songs made the list. So without further ado, the 10 best Conor Oberst songs according to LxL.
(P.S. Looks like we got scooped by Paste by a day, who also ran their version of this list yesterday.)
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Upside Down Mountain
Conor Oberst, when speaking about his new album, Upside Down Mountain:
“For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I’m not the greatest guitar player or piano player—I’m not the greatest singer, either—but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I’m proud of.”
Notice, Oberst knows himself very well. He specifically points out that he isn’t the greatest guitar player, piano player, or singer. But, he never comes out and says he isn’t the greatest lyricist around today, because he may very well be. Confidence begets success, and even if Oberst isn’t completely confident in every facet of his life, he controls his musical output with a rare ease.
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