Equally good are "If the Brakeman Turns My Way" and "Soul Singer in a Session Band" (sample lyric: "I was a hopeless romantic, now I'm just turning tricks"), which take a welcome detour down a rootsy highway paved decades earlier by The Band. Creative production ideas abound elsewhere, too, particularly during the moody "Middleman," which brings strings and woodwinds together for an unexpected rave-up. Topping it all off is Oberst at his best, a songwriter rapidly moving from strength to strength.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3