#12. Bright Eyes, Cassadaga
Twenty-seven-year-old Conor Oberst has been honing his craft since thirteen, and this was the record we'd all been waiting for him to make: a magnum opus with songs about love, self-medication and alienation, plus loads of mandolin, fiddle and rambling Americana, Cassadaga was both sprawling and largely bullshit-free. From the apocalyse-heralding hoedown "Four Winds" to "Cleanse Song," a painfully gorgeous meditation on a friend's addiction, Oberst's loose, memorable tunes and lyrics about crises both personal and global are consistently engaging — the work of a Major Artist digging deep and trusting his instincts.
LP / CD / MP3
LP / Deluxe LP / CD / Deluxe CD / MP3