Oh Holy Fools
Barely old enough to drink, Conor Oberst has already created a respectably prolific catalogue that seethes with intense emotion and showcases a possibly brilliant songwriter who has hopefully only begun his career. On his newest release under the Bright Eyes moniker, Oberst has teamed with fellow Omaha songwriter Joe Knapp (recording as Son, Ambulance) and each artist has proudly offered up four striking new originals. For their part, the Son, Ambulance tracks introduce a unique musical perspective as Knapp's jerky guitar and piano based compositions float along with his lazy high range vocals and produce a sound akin to more upbeat Belle & Sebastian recordings. The album opening "Brown Park" is an uplifting ride and Knapp's final submission of "Katie Come True," proves that he shouldn't be overlooked. Bright Eyes' contributions are equally engaging, and Oberst again proves that his penchant for a bit of melodrama can be overlooked in the company of his startling and confessional lyric writing. Backed by what may be his best backing band to date, Oberst's songs are brought to life with the help of producer Mike Mogis and Flutist Jiha Lee, whose contributions are particularly transcendent on tracks like "Going for the Gold" and in the explosive resolution of "Kathy With a K's Song". Oh Holy Fools is a magnificent showcase of two uniquely gifted singer songwriters, and while the presence of a certain artist may lead you to the record, both of the artists involved have created something worth listening to.
Son, Ambulance's "Brown Park" is #1 on this week's soundtrack
Bright Eyes' "Oh You Are the Roots... is #2 on this week's soundtrack
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