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Oberst, Conor / Ruminations
Album:Ruminations Collection:General
Artist:Oberst, Conor Added:Nov 2016
Label:Nonesuch Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2016-11-30 Pull Date:2017-02-01 
Week Ending:Feb 5Jan 29Jan 22Jan 15Jan 8Jan 1Dec 25Dec 18

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 31, 2017:Waste FM
Next Of Kin
4.Jan 20, 2017:KZSU Time Traveler
Next Of Kin
2.Jan 27, 2017:KZSU Time Traveler
Next Of Kin, A Little Uncanny
5.Jan 17, 2017:Waste FM
3.Jan 24, 2017:Magnetized Toner
6.Jan 13, 2017:KZSU Time Traveler

Album Review
Francis D
Reviewed 2016-11-27 
“Ruminations” Conor Oberst
Raw, real, almost uncomfortably intimate indie rock and folk filled with loneliness, from one of the best singer-songwriters of his generation. Battered by personal difficulties — a rape accusation that was withdrawn after being thoroughly discredited — and serious health issues including a brain cyst, Oberst retreated to his native Omaha to write these "Ruminations," and then record the songs in 48 hours. In the end, he and his long-time producer, Mike Mogis, decided to leave them largely unadorned with just Oberst’s vocals, his piano, guitar, and harmonica. It’s exquisite poetry set to music, and his most Bright Eyes-sounding album in a number of years.
— Francis

Recommended: 8, 1, 7, 6, 5. No FCCs detected.

1. (3:39) Tachycardia – Plinking piano. Dylan-style harmonica in lead breaks. Squeezed vocals. ****
2. (4:12) Barbary Coast (Later) – Strumming guitar. Rich, full vocals.
3. (3:35) Gossamer Thin – Melodic, swaying piano ballad.
4. (3:29) Counting Sheep – Simple, guitar-based ditty about trying to deal with challenges — from health issues to daily depression.
5. (3:57) Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch) – Folk song featuring harmonica and guitar. ***
6. (3:29) The Rain Follows the Plow – Uplifting, piano-driven love song. ***
7. (4:15) A Little Uncanny – Acoustic guitar and harmonica. Biting, cynical spoken lyrics about famous people such as Jane Fonda and Ronald Reagan, and a verse that mentions tortured souls Oberst admires such as Robin Williams and Sylvia Plath. ***
8. (3:26) Next of Kin – Very Bright Eyes-sounding. Piano, harmonica and Oberst’s quavering, emotive vocals. ****
9. (3:49) You All Loved Him Once – Bitter, sad, self-focused commentary about the price Oberst feels he’s paid being in the public eye — and the shallowness of adoration.
10. (4:13) Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out – Piano-centered, storytelling closer.

Track Listing
1.Tachycardia 6.The Rain Follows The Plow
2.Barbary Coast (Later) 7.A Little Uncanny
3.Gossamer Thin 8.Next Of Kin
4.Counting Sheep 9.You All Loved Him Once
5.Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch) 10.Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out