CONOR OBERST - Upside Down Mountain

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Alternative/Indie, Country | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 161 / 6-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Nonesuch | Autor: SaS

Since the early masterpiece "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning", Conor Oberst's once promising career has been extremely chaotic: sometimes a solo album, sometimes a rock record with the Mystic Valley Band, sometimes a new, completely overloaded Bright Eyes album or even a half-baked cooperation with other alternative country heroes under the name Monsters Of Folk. None of them was able to convince in these last ten years. All the better that Oberst has brought the current folk guru Jonathan Wilson on board as a producer and finally presents a really successful album in the context of his relaxed West Coast sounds. The youthful momentum and exuberance that characterized his early works will not return, but at least Wilson seems to have taught the former child prodigy to age in dignity and take his music with him on this journey through life. Thus "Upside Down Mountain" is a work of the mature, grown-up Conor Colonel, in the spirit of a Jackson Browne or James Taylor. An album that fits perfectly into the rediscovered folk sound of the Laurel Canyon of the 70s.

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